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The Viagra Monologues at Blood Moon Theatre

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by An epicurean and a plebian (subscribe)
One of us likes the simple things, the other, adventure. But for better or worse, we are dining partners for life! We aim to provide you 2 perspectives in our reviews. After all, there's no wrong way to eat a reese's; or a jalebi. -Plebe Epicure
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3 men, 1 night, 15 encounters
The Viagra Monologues, by Geraldine Rophy and directed by Samuel Lucas Allen, starring Tom Matthews, John Molyneux and Meynard Penalosa at the Blood Moon Theatre inside the World Bar in Kings Cross.

Set in the venerable World Bar's Blood Moon Theatre, Off the Avenue's Production of The Viagra Monologues is an upbeat, hilarious, and sometimes sobering examination of the male experience in all its many sizes, shapes, ages and hosts. Starting with the innocent musings of a three-year old on the importance of big boy pants and ending with an impotent grandfather, the play is made up of 15 vignettes encompassing the male lifespan. Their stories are intimate, relatable, and aptly indelicate.

The all-male troupe of actors, Tom Matthews, John Molyneux and Meynard Penalosa, take turns unabashedly discussing the sticky situations that can sometimes come along with being, or rather having, a member. The actors themselves represent a range of performing experience, and as a trio, they are earnest, personable, and often endearing.

The journey through a series of short scenes is meant to depict many different walks or stages of life and includes more than a few penile puns and poses along the way. But it was the depiction of several tragically under-discussed issues in men's sexual health that was the most striking.

Those familiar with Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, should not expect the same sense of impassion or reflection from Viagra as from its older auntie. The Vagina Monologues was the result of an amalgamation and dramatisation of over 200 interviews conducted with women. Conversely, The Viagra Monologues is a work of fiction, written by Geraldine Brophy, which aims to discuss men's issues ranging from locker room banalities to foreign brothels to domestic violence. To one of the reviewers, the lack of a personal voice in the script made some of the stories ring a bit hollow (if not banal). The other reviewer, however, was pleased to see many under-discussed issues in men's lives brought out in an approachable, relevant, and often hilarious, way.

But, we suppose, that's what makes good theatre– something to discuss during post-show pillow talk. An added bonus is stepping from the cozy theatre into the midst of the King's Cross dance scene, gearing up with hipsters and ravers already inline for the evening dance party. The apropos juxtaposition presents an opportunity for insightful discussion, or a prime spot for the action.

And this show is perfect foreplay for a weekend night. The atmosphere is friendly, intimate, and casual. Get yourself a drink at the bar before the show – on this rare occasion, we do not advise whiskey - and prepare to start your evening with entertainment that is sure to keep you laughing and your blood flowing.

Bottom line: a great show, a must see, not necessarily for the kids but I wouldn't shy away from taking a teenager – it would be a good way to start a conversation and correct the information they've already gleaned from the internet. Make sure to get your tickets early. We mean it when we say this show is intimate. In-keeping with Off the Avenue's mission mission as a close-range theatre operation, there are only 16 seats.

(Note: its appropriately close range, as a person who goes to the theatre to be entertained, not to partake, I was suitably comfortable in the front row)

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Why? Sips, Stories and Schlongs
When: Multiple dates, 7:30p Matinee 26 June: 3:30
Phone: 61 410 708 200
Where: Blood Moon Theatre @ The World Bar
Cost: $30 Adult, $26 Concession, $25 group booking of 6 or 10
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