Everyone enjoys a rom com. Whether one admits it or not is another story altogether. But that movie about a poor lonely girl facing hardships all alone until she meets that one special boy and eventually fighting all odds they end up together, is one we all would pay to watch, time and again. And besides the almost identical story line, the one thing that all of them have in common is the presence of the sidekick. The best friend of the hero and heroine, who are ever present to add the much needed comic element, the ones who forget their own lives and always seem to focus entirely on the two main protagonists, the people who carry the story forward and are vital to he plot and are still somehow forgotten at the end of the movie. But changing that is playwright and screenwriter Stephen Vagg's new play "Sidekicks". Directed and produced by Louise Alston, "Sidekicks" is all about Mac and CB, the best friends of the two "main" characters who tell the story from their point of view.
The play is handled completely by its two stars Emily Rose Brennan (Underbelly Razor, 30 Seconds) and Dan Ilic (Hungry Boys, Can of Worms). Running from the the 3 Nov - 18 Nov in Sydney at the Old 505 Theatre at Surry Hills this play will soon be heading to Melbourne for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
When I first walked up the old, highly graffitied building in Surry Hills, I was sure I had gotten the address wrong. What stopped me from turning back was a poster of the play on the wall. We made our way up to the Old 505 theatre and were surprised to find a charming little theatre with lots of character. With free drinks and snacks at the bar, it was easy to pass the time till we were ushered into the little Theatre.
The play began on time and what followed for the next 70 minutes was a fantastic performance by two extremely talented people with plenty of laughs. Sidekicks turned out to be one of the funniest plays I have ever seen with hilarious one liners and surprisingly, a little bit of audience interaction. The two actors handled all the parts that they portrayed with incredible ease and finesse. Even the tiny mistakes they made seemed to further their characters instead of take away from it.
With a seating of about 20, the Old 505 Theatre is definitely not a large one. But the result of a small audience and close proximity to the actors is that one really feels like part of the story and this makes the whole experience a really entertaining one.
A tight and somewhat non-linear storyline, strong direction and fantastic acting is what make this play work. So if you are in the mood for comedy then look no further. Sidekicks is a must watch for you.