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2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Review

Phi and Me gives audiences a look into Phi's life as a second generation Vietnamese teenager growing up in Springvale and portrays the a dysfunctional relationship with his mother.
Phi's running commentary highlights moments through Phi's life where, more often then not, Phi's Vietnamese mother has embarrassed him in some way.
The funnier stories are then acted out by Fiona Chau (Phi, a young male character that Fiona plays incredibly well), Diana Nguyen (Phi's mother) and Steve McPhail - who plays a variety of characters.
While Phi's inflections have their own entertainment value, the biggest laughs tended to come from Phi's mother who consistently played on, and accentuated, Asian and Vietnamese stereotypes throughout the show.
Highlights include Phi's mother trying to use Phi to impress friends and family, Phi's mother messing up a job interview and seeing Phi's mother try to take a machete through customs.
The show is well scripted, well rehearsed and cheekily plays on a number of Asian stereotypes making it quite funny to watch but probably not appropriate to quote to people out of context.

VENUE: Guildford Lane Gallery, 20-24 Guildford Lane, CBD
WHEN: 30/3/11 - 10/4/11
Tue - Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3:30pm (60 mins)
BOOKINGS: 0422 205 481, and at the door.
PRICES: Full $25, Group (8 or more) $20, Conc $15
WEB: Phi & Me

Reviewed 31 March 2011 by Chris Dewberry

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