Anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing Kura Forrester in a show before will know what a phenomenal talent she is. No matter the production, whether it be comedy, drama or improv, she always manages to be the stand-out star, always earning the biggest laughs and the loudest applause.
So it's not surprising, despite not being known as a stand-up, her second ever solo-show is already selling out. With this much goodwill surrounding her, Forrester could have phoned it in, but instead makes it clear from the get-go why she is so popular.
Kura Shoulda Woulda is focused around Forrester's life story and the events of the past year. For the most part, it's fairly straightforward stand-up, covering topics such as childhood, dating, struggling as a professional actor and squeezing some race relations in there. Forrester has a cheerful energy around her, delivering even her harshest jokes with a smile, and the relaxed atmosphere helps draw us into her world.
However, being the character actor that she is, Forrester has a few impressions and figures from her life that she works into the show. Rather than being a jumbled mess between the two, trying to juggle sketch and stand-up at the same time, the characters are slipped seamlessly into the story, their brief appearances of the likes of Rosalind and Kayla leaving you desperate for more.
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And, just when you think it can't get better than it already is, Forrester delivers what is hands down one of the best stories I have ever heard at any festival. To even hint at what it contains will ruin a stunning surprise, but it's a jewel in what is a largely flawless show.
If you have ever seen Forrester in a play or on TV and know her talents, you will not want to miss this show. There is nothing particularly showy about the set, simply a dazzling, engaging comedian delivering something simple but deeply, hilariously effective.
Who: Kura Forrester, Kura Shoulda Woulda
Where: Basement Theatre, until May 25