Aside from Michael Frayn's Alphabetical Order, Meredith Oakes' The Editing Process and Julius Caesar, there have been few plays about office politics. Temporary Girl fills the gap with Kotin playing an entire office hierarchy.
"There's Jill Hardwood, the corporate head. A nightmare. Betty is the office manager and cheerleader - everything is really `Up, up, up!' Pearl is the ancient secretary who chainsmokes and curses all the time and who has been there since the days of one desk, one phone and a typewriter, and then there's Jeannette who's kinda based on me. She's the quirky temp, has had a boyfriend for 11 years - `its temporary' - and wants to be an actress."
Judging by the ecstatic reviews, Kotin's temping days are well and truly over. The show has been a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, with audiences sniffing out more than a whiff of reality from Kotin's hilarious expos. "It's not stand-up and it's definitely not performance art. My taste is pretty lowbrow and slapsticky." Think Carol Burnett. Or as one smart reviewer put it, "the new-wave Lucille Ball".
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