Louisa Fitzhardinge: Comma Sutra

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Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose
August 1-25 (21.00)

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If proper punctuation causes a sensation between your thighs, Comma Sutra is a show for you. Australian musical comedian, Louisa Fitzhardinge, delivers a professional, hilarious, and educational show. Along the way she elegantly mixes English, French, German, Sign Language, Song and Dance into an entertaining and informative performance. We are given the story of her life-long love affair with words. It is not easy for a grammar nerd in a world where reading more than 180 characters is considered antiquated. It seems that everyone treats her great love with no respect. All she really wants is someone to snuggle up on the couch and seductively whisper puns into her ear.

I am no grammar enthusiast, but that is not necessary to enjoy Comma Sutra. In fact, I love education when its funny! Louisa is definitely funny, and is also a master of playing with words; with each clever well-spun pun I could feel new synapses in my brain connecting. It is rare to have an opportunity to learn so much in one hour, and have a blast doing it. I had a realisation during the show: I like Oxford commas. I think at some point a teacher told me they are incorrect, so I don’t use them. Oxford commas look good, they are little so they don’t waste too much space or ink, and they let us know that we are still listing. Thanks to the Comma Sutra, I now feel more free to express myself the way I am, a user of Oxford commas.

Robert Bewley

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