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Puts the f back in Fun
Farcical, fast-moving and poking fun at political correctness and gender stereotyping, Declan Greene let loose in his latest play The Homosexuals, or Faggots at the Malthouse Theatre.
The Homosexuals, or Faggots
High up in their stark white minimalist Darlinghurst apartment a married couple Warren (Simon Burke) and Kim (Simon Corfield) are outraged after a disturbing encounter with the word "faggot" on a restaurant menu. Genuine distress is felt amidst the sarcastic barbs and the inevitable flood of acronyms. The action then fast-forwards a month later to Mardi Gras night. Doors slam, characters are locked in cupboards, noises off abound and chaos ensues.
Simon hopes to expand his website so the stakes are high as he anticipates an interview with Bae Bae (Mamo Alto), an influential trans-activist and tweeter. On the side, he gleefully anticipates a photo shoot with the gorgeous, though thick, Lucacz(Lincoln Younes). Kim recently returned from a gender conference, is stressed from an online bullying incident.
To complicate matters further Diana (Genevieve Lemon) their foul-mouthed transsexual friend insists that Warren attends a politically incorrect Mardi Gras Party. Throw in a stray junkie/sous chef, Pam, (Mama Alto in multiple roles) who is involved with the Faggot incident and a pesky "baggie" of cocaine and there is the makings of high farce. Of course, nothing goes as it should, with all characters self-sabotaging and slamming doors and stomping off stage at any given moment.
The cast seemed to enjoy themselves revelling in the high jinks of farce and the fun of the script. There is chemistry between and Corfield and Burke, Younes plays the hunk-of-little-brain with gusto, Lemon and Alto give poignancy to their roles. It was a minor quibble that we had to suspend disbelief that neither Simon, Warren or Diana could not distinguish between Bae Bae and Pam.
The self-absorbed lives of these characters are all too recognisable and some of Greene's zingy one-liners will be close to home. See it, laugh and never think of "faggots" in the same way again.
Language warning and adult themes. 18 and over only admitted.