I don’t know if there is something in the water out west, but there are some seriously funny and talented artists coming out of Perth in recent times, killing it here with their shows. Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Chris Isaacs from The Great Last Hunt are two such artists who are currently knocking it out of the park at the Griffin Theatre with their wickedly funny two-hander Fag/Stag.
Jimmy (Jeffrey Jay Fowler) and Corgan (Chris Isaacs) have Tamara in common and she is about to get married. Corgan broke up with her some time ago and Jimmy dated her in school, before he came out of the closet. The two young men forge a friendship in the wake of her split with Corgan, now that they are both reluctant wedding guests, both are eager to prove that they’ve moved on before the big day.
The lead-up to the wedding is a hot mess of hook-ups and break-ups and narrow escapes from meth-heads, with the odd blow job thrown in for good measure. And on the subject of blow jobs: always swallow, it’s just good manners. These are the kind of hilarious slice of life observations that Jimmy and Corgan treat us to, but it is not all laughter, as homophobia and violence creeps in from time to time, reminding us that life is not all sunshine and lollypops, even in the remote and relatively sheltered Perth, where the play is set.
The duo-logue is non-stop and it’s timing is perfection, with poignant moments punctuating the frenetic activity of the two. A few menacing moments appear too, when Jimmy’s suburban Tinder swipe starts raising red flags you want to shout ‘leave! Leave now!’ Yes, Fowler and Isaacs are that convincing. The nature of truth is also questioned as Corgan and Jimmy often relate the same incidents but with very different interpretations, we quickly come to realise there are many versions of every story.
The play’s conclusion is a moment of pure, cheesy bliss, for us and for them as their loneliness and neuroses are abandoned for the wedding reception. One truth is for certain: if you don’t have the time of your life when you go see Fag/Stag, you need to go home, re-boot, then go back again. Seriously. You can’t not love this show.
Fag/Stag is presented by The Last Great Hunt and is on at the Griffin Theatre until 27 January, for more information and tickets see: http://www.griffintheatre.com.au/whats-on/fagstag/
Featuring: Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Chris Isaaks.
Creative/Tech Team: Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Chris Isaacs (writers) and Brett Smith (sound designer).