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Pyrmont Theatre Review: The Narcissist

the narcissist2 285x108 Pyrmont Theatre Review: The NarcissistIf you are contemplating a night at the theatre, go along and see the “The Narcissist” at the Sydney Opera House. Due to overwhelming demand, tickets from 6 – 11 October are now on sale for this event. Check out the review of this comedy by Denieal Williams for Pyrmont Village.

Going to see the STC production of “The Narcissist” is like wickedly devouring a solo carton of ice cream. This campy comedy is an exercise in self-indulgent sweet with very little threat of substance.

Protagonist Xavier (Sandro Colarelli), APL spin-doctor and egotistical gay man, recoils at the idea of entering middle age. His best friend – interior designer Bronwyn (Andrea Moor) – is also terrified of going into her twilight years as a single boozer. The two make a bet to see who can ‘bag a man’ by New Years Eve, which is six weeks away.

Bronwyn sets her sights on the tragically named Satchel, Xavier’s simple-minded metrosexual flat mate. Satchel (Jonathan Brand), three-time winner of Brisbane’s coveted Barista of the year award, has focused all his attention on trying to become a cast member of reality show Big Brother. While Bronwyn attempts to rob the cradle and snag the affections of 27-year-old Satchel, Xavier tries to win back his old flame Jessie.
Jessie is a former artist turned lawyer who is on the verge of marrying his fundamentalist Christian girlfriend Y‘landah. Y’landah’s, a woman of many eccentric tics not the least of which is tourrettes and a severe phobia of the colour brown.

Xavier and Bronwyn are willing to go to great lengths to get what they want, and soon manage to tangle Satchel, Jessie and Y’landah in their hilarious misadventures.

Audience members can almost guess what they are in for the moment they spot the garish and flamboyant set of “The Narcissist”. Designer Greg Clark, created a living room for Xavier that features multiple technicolour self-portraits, torso lights that glow purple and support the bar and a coffee table that spells out ME. In some ways the set does seems a little too young and camp for a successful middle aged man with a political career, regardless of his sexuality. Nonetheless it effectively sets the tone for this light-hearted production.

“The Narcissist” is similar in formula to Will and Grace; a gay male and his fag hag, faced with their own mortality who concoct a half-baked scheme for personal gain, fail miserably, and emerge wiser. It is a greatly enjoyable premise, yet one can’t really expect to gain anything much deeper. Most enjoyable is the cavalcade of witty and sarcastic banter from Xavier and Bronwyn. In both cases the acting was a little overdone but still entertaining. With its clever and interesting plot, “The Narcissist” is worth seeing, and is guaranteed to entertain and surprise, though probably not enlighten.

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