A quick show is a good show, and at sixty minutes Fag/Stag is a very good show indeed.
Co written and performed by Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Chris Isaacs, Fag/Stag is a duologue of duelling memory as old mates Jimmy and Corgan recount and retell events leading up the marriage of Corgan's ex girlfriend, Tamara.
There’s two sides of every story and that's what we get here, two perspectives, two versions of the same tale, careening in out of corroboration until they collide with the truth.
On a spare set of a couple of stools and accompanying tables, the boys become a couple of raconteurs reeling from the rubble of respective relationship wrecks.
Corgan, of course, has lost Tamara to Jack a wee while ago, but Jimmy has only recently separated from Tim.
Both Corgan and Jimmy have been invited to the wedding, and as fortune would have it, both are going stag.
But the journey to the nuptials is paved with all manner of drama and errant comedy that the besties have to navigate, a trip that brings them perilously close to the brink of their own break-up.
Over the course of an hour, the pair explore contemporary masculinity, both straight and gay, in the age of love me Tinder and going through the Grindr, of love on the rebound, binge drinking, clubbing and the cardigan cosiness and buddy building of playing Donkey Kong over a range of years.
Fag/Stag is a very polished and proficient text presented in a very exacting and efficient production.
Both Fowler and Isaacs present an easy, conversational patter perfectly punctuated by pathos and poignancy. It's a bare faced, bare staged performance given subtle support by Brett Smith's sound design that provides aural evocation of dance clubs and wedding reception.
Brevity is the soul of wit and Fag/Stag is a very witty, soulful piece of storytelling, forged from fringe festival fire on the anvil of authentic male friendship.
Griffin Theatre Company and The Last Great Hunt present
by Jeffrey Jay Fowler & Chris Isaacs
Venue: SBW Stables Theatre | 10 Nimrod Street, Kings Cross NSW
Dates: 10 – 27 January 2018
Bookings: 02 9361 3817 | griffintheatre.com.au