Virgins and Cowboys is a surreal slice of sex and relationships that delves into the difficulties with forming attachments in the internet age, when Sam (Kieran Law) meets two virgins online that he intends to sleep with. His mates vacillate between envy and disbelief as they discuss the ramifications of being ‘the first’.

How we make and sustain connections is central to the action of Virgins and Cowboys, as five people navigate the gap between theory and practice as they search for love and meaning in their lives. Less than fulfilling career prospects add to the general malaise as Subway artist does not feel like a grown up job.

Sam is the anti-hero of the piece, but his apathy gets the better of him and he tires of the standard dating rituals, which ends up alienating both of the virgins. His friends fare only slightly better, though one of them hits it off with virgin number two, some very funny scenes ensue, including an erotic and comic tryst.

The ensemble cast all turn in fine performances, though Kieran Law as Sam is not nearly charismatic enough to feel anything but mild annoyance at his character’s predicament. Sam seems challenged by archaic notions of masculinity and torn by what he believes is expected of him and by what he actually wants.

While it is sometimes amusing, ultimately some things that play out well in Melbourne don’t transition as well to Sydney, this is one of those times. The existential angst that plagues the second half of the play is tedious and far too drawn out, the steady rhythm of the first half completely breaking down as the set is dismantled and left as a barren playing ground for the last half. Virgins and Cowboys feels like an experiment that has gone wrong, with many confusing elements thrown into the mix and left to land where they may.

Virgins and Cowboys is presented by Motherboard Productions and is on until 16 Dec, for more information and tickets see: http://www.griffintheatre.com.au/whats-on/virgins-cowboys/

Featuring: Katrina Cornwall, George Lingard, James Deeth, Penny Harpham and Kieran Law.

Creative/TechTeam: Morgan Rose (writer), Dave Sleswick (director), Yvette Turnbull (set & costume design), Lisa Mibus (lighting design), Liam Barton (sound design), Natasha Phillips (producer)and Kate Brennan (stage manager).

This Month in Sydney

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Did you miss out on the Japanese Film Festival (JFF), or simply love Japanese cinema? Enjoy Japanese films on the big screen with new JFF Fringe special screenings!

Featuring box office hits from the past year, JFF Fringe is a series of monthly Japanese film screenings, which runs from May to August. This season presents award-winning titles such as ‘In This Corner of the World’ and ‘The Long Excuse’, explosive action-comedy in ‘Gintama’, and the Australian premiere of fantasy period film ‘Honnouji Hotel’.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the participating cinema’s box office. Online booking fees may apply. All films are in Japanese with English subtitles.