Sajeela Kershi: Regret-Me-Nots
It’s a very small crowd that gathers for the lovely Sajeela Kershi’s show about regrets, but she makes the best of it, inviting us to sit in the front, asking everyone’s name and nationality and conversing with people throughout the hour.
Kershi touches on a variety of topics: from her bitchy friend and racist ex-boyfriend to the burdening meaning of her name (Sajeela supposedly means “beautiful”) and her ethnic background (she is from Pakistan). While most of her regrets are funny, unrelated quips, she spends a big chunk of the show talking about her childhood, her upbringing and her relationship with her parents, which leads to a surprisingly heartfelt moment.
A natural performer, Kershi definitely has the power to make you laugh and cry, hopefully not at the same time. With a little tightening in the writing, she could have a much stronger show. She is often looking down at her notes to check where she’s going next and some tangents lose my interest. Also, the show is a bit mature for the two twelve-year olds in the audience who can’t really relate to anything, so if you own a child, leave it at home!