XOXOTwo-Juliets-KEYpromo-imagePlaywright: Meghan Chalmers & Franny McCabe-Bennett
Director: Franny McCabe-Bennett & Meghan Chalmers
Cast: Meghan Chalmers & Franny McCabe-Bennett

Performed at Gallery #3: James North Studio

Review by: Katie Stoneman

Two girls, an open studio, and a lot of heart, XOXO is not any run-of-the-mill comedy.

Meghan Chalmers and Franny McCabe-Bennett take you through the ups and downs of dating in the modern world. From online profiles, to what is an appropriate drink for a boyfriend to have, when out with other girls, that aren’t you.

Their comedy isn’t just for the girls, though, there were plenty of men there, and they were laughing along with us. Their humour is a little reminiscent of the humour in Lena Dunham’s Girls.

The way that the women put together the scenes is more than just two girls talking about “boy problems”, the colloquially termed “girl talk”. Instead, sarcastic take on meeting a potential boyfriend’s family (scripted as a hilarious interview) was the highlight of the show for me. They wrote, produced, acted, danced, sang. They did it all, and they did it very well.

Both women bring something to the table when it comes to acting. Franny is hilarious, flat out. She delivers lines with impeccable timing, and a facial expression that, alone, would have you busting a gut. Her sarcastic lines delivered bluntly, will send you reeling.

Meghan offers a cuter kind of comedy, but nonetheless hilarious. Her emotive performance is outrageous, and zany, and awesome.

I didn’t know what to expect, going into this show, but I am really glad I caught it. And I would love to see these two girls in a show again.

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