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Often I find myself asking when exactly that pattern in popular culture emerged. You know the pattern where single women in expensive heels who have dedicated all their time to building successful careers that they lack basic life skills or common sense. And more often than not, I find that these women only find true love when they start letting go of their materialistic obsessions and doing something totally normal like milking a cow on a farm. Incidentally, men who are closer to nature make the best life partners.

While this pattern is popularised to a revolting extent in Hollywood and reality television, on stage, Naked had redeemed itself mainly because of its brilliant cast (Jo Thomas and Sam Clark) and the dark reminder that our drinking culture is not a pattern but a reality. This was of course cleverly softened by a glorious pink set design and musician James Dobinson’s sarcastic arched eyebrow and a half smile as he belted out tunes from Pink, Lady Gaga and The Killers in response to protagonist Jezebel’s single lady dilemmas. Besides a small wardrobe glitch that Jo handled with poise, opening night of Naked went splendidly well and proved to be thoroughly entertaining. Note to self: don’t over think it.

Until 28 Nov. Darlinghurst Theatre, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point. $27-$32. 8356 9987,


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