Diana Nguyen : Chasing Keanu Reeves

By Nick Bugeja

You might recognise Diana Nguyen from her 20 second stint on Underbelly, 24 second appearance on Please Like Me, or her 22 second cameo in Jack Irish. Alternatively, if you’re a prolific LinkedIn user, you might have come across her viral ‘Dancing Diana’ videos, bringing new and refreshing content to the mundanity of a professional networking platform.

Nguyen’s latest show, Chasing Keanu Reeves, gives her the freedom to tell her own story, in her own words, over an enjoyable 50 minutes. The show covers a great deal of personal territory, from her career to her tumultuous dating life, to her observations of Vietnamese-Australian culture to her relationship with her caring yet accidentally hilarious mother. Accordingly, Nguyen’s various impressions of her mother are wrought with love, but lose none of their punctuating humour in the process.

Nguyen has a very likeable stage persona, interacting with the crowd in a spontaneous and good-natured way. Her exchanges with a member in the front row – which’ll presumably be reproduced in some form in her subsequent shows – were a particular highlight. Rather than retreating backstage as the show ended, Nguyen farewelled members of the audience near the exit – adding a further human touch to her performance.

Despite its title, the show is fairly lean on Keanu Reeves material. But that’s okay. It is a performance firmly about identity and self-exploration, one that is more honest and emotive than any one-liners about a distant, unknowable celebrity could be.

Instead, we get to know Nguyen, in what is ultimately a personal, engaging, and humorous performance.

Chasing Keanu Reeves is showing at the Greek Centre until 4 April.

5 Good Reasons to See Diana Nguyen: Chasing Keanu Reeves

1. Keanu Reeves – he is the most wanted actor at the moment, and it all started with a meme photo of him sitting sad on the bench. We want more of Keanu Reeve’s matrix.

2. Chasing Keanu Reeves

3. Chasing Keanu Reeves to have my baby. However, I am being considerate and will be freezing my eggs just in case it doesn’t work out.

4. Tips how to find love on Linkedin! In the past two years I have accumulated 34k Sugar Mummy and Daddys!

5. This is my 15th year in the entertainment industry, and I have accumulated a whole list of roles on Australian TV:

– UnderBelly for 20 seconds
– Upper Middle Bogan for 20 seconds
– Jack Irish for 20 seconds
– Please Like Me for 20 seconds

In 2020, I want to extend my career to 25 seconds with Keanu Reeves.

Chasing Keanu Reeves is on at Greek Centre from March 26 to April 19

5 Good Reasons to see Dirty Diana

1. Diana’s mum has high expectation for this show so Diana is telling jokes, playing ukulele, and cooking spring rolls all at the same time.

2. There will be a Durian on stage during the show. The beautiful, putrid smell of life.

3. Diana has invited Pauline Hanson to the show. Her RVSP is still pending. Fingers crossed.

4. Diana has been on Q&A, Friday Front Bar, and Fox Footy speaking in Vietnamese so the next level is to do this at Dirty Diana – #SameSamebutDifferent

5. This show is about embracing the tingles of life. Including at 10pm when you’re alone in your bedroom. OR you could be at this show and be part of a collaborative tingle.

Diana Nguyen performs Dirty Diana at Storyville