From the opening moments it feels like the Cosmo sealed section grew a mouth and limbs and trotted out onto the stage as Soleil (Celia Bickmore-Hutt) discloses the whys and hows of Brazilian waxes, inappropriate bum cleavage and g-string jewellery in My Last G. Bickmore-Hutt is effervescent and elicits plenty of laughs from the opening night crowd. Surprisingly, some of the more risqué material goes down a treat with the older set who chortle away with the rest of us - or perhaps they’re just extremely embarrassed, it’s hard to tell. Either way everyone seems ready to leave their inhibitions at the door, which is just as well seeing the production takes a no-holds-barred approach to pretty much everything when it comes to talking about sex.
In Playtime In the Park we discover the language of ‘man talk’ through Bickmore-Hutt’s salacious Rebecca, who points out to her virginity-burdened cousin (Emma Leonard) that we are really all just sex-addicted orgasm-centred perverts – and it’s ok to admit that. Justin Thomson creates some great comic moments here as Rebecca’s new plaything, the drooling hormone-fuelled Ronnie.
But by far the best of the bunch is Unprotected Sex which revolves around a couple who are about to explore the joys of life without condoms - if only they can get through the very bumpy hormonal transition to the pill first. Megan Alston plays the hysterical mood swings to the hilt as Rachel, while Brian (Adam Cleland) her terrified boyfriend and Joe (Mitch Firth) his put upon best mate do their best to weather the storm to wonderful comic effect. Cleland and Firth are truly hilarious here creating some lovely moments that ring true with the kind of honesty that the closing piece The Nude Scene lacks. That said, The Nude Scene - which takes place on the film set of a dubious ‘art’ movie -brought down the house thanks to some particularly funny dance moves by Firth, a priceless German accent by Cleland and some entirely ironic original music by sound designer Dylan Hogan-Ross.
American playwright Matt Morillo’s pithy and sharp dialogue is smartly handled by director Byron Kaye, who knows when to back off and when to crank up the volume. It’s nice to see that this New York production has made a smooth cultural transition to the Australian stage. It’s also a great choice for the Old Fitzroy who has picked it up following its successful run at The Tap last year.
Following up Angry Young Women, as part of the Thursday night double bill, is Mile High; a new one act play from the Stella Green Productions team, penned by director Byron Kaye and starring producer Megan Alston. While it’s still played for laughs, there’s a darker undercurrent here as we meet Daisy (Megan Alston) and Dan (Sebastian Goldspink) a couple who are travelling on a long haul economy ‘plus’ flight to New York. The plane’s barely off the tarmac before we discover that they’ve packed an excessive amount of emotional baggage for this trip. Daisy’s a neurotic former bulimic and Dan’s a know-it-all bore, but this is a lot more fun to watch than it sounds – think Woody Allen meets Seinfeld.
During the course of the 23 hour flight their relationship is put to a gruelling test, fuelled by the pressures of cabin fever and far too many in-flight Bloody Marys. There are revelations, but nothing that a healthy relationship couldn’t withstand - in fact perhaps it would have helped the piece for the scale of these disclosures to be much larger, thereby boosting the comedic results. Nevertheless, there are some hilarious and memorable moments, particularly an awkward masturbation scene that had the audience squirming with glee.
Together these two plays make a delightful double bill, which would make a fun girl’s night out, but an uncomfortable choice for a first date. So be sure to choose your theatre companion wisely – angry young women without a sense of their own ridiculousness need not apply.
Catch the double bill Thursdays – Sundays with tickets for Mile High a measly $10 when bought with tickets to Angry Young Women, or simply see Angry Young Women alone on Tuesdays and Wednesdays till February 2nd.
Stella Green Productions presents
ANGRY YOUNG WOMEN IN LOW-RISE JEANS WITH HIGH-CLASS ISSUES
by Matt Morillo
Venue: The Old Fitzroy Theatre | Cnr Cathedral and Dowling Sts Woolloomooloo
Dates: 9 January – 2 February 2008
Times: Tuesdays-Saturdays at 7.30pm, Sundays at 5pm
Tickets: $20 conc, $28 adult, $34 Beer, Laksa & Show (BLS), Cheap Tues $16 adult/$24 BLS
Bookings: 1300 GET TIX and www.trstheatre.com.au
Stella Green Productions
A short play by Byron Kaye
Venue: The Old Fitzroy Theatre Cnr Cathedral & Dowling St Woolloomooloo
Previews: 10 January - 13 January 2008
Performances: 17 January – 2 February 2008
Times: Thursdays-Saturdays at 9.30pm, Sundays at 7.30 pm
Tickets: $16/24 BLS or $10 when bought with Angry Young Women
Bookings: 1300 GET TIX and www.trstheatre.com.au