Funny, relevant and with a lot of heart. The Mystery of Love and Sex is 2017’s rom-com with added bite. Directed by Anthony Skuse, the play is currently showing at Eternity Playhouse in Darlinghurst, and coincides with this year’s Mardi Gras.
Written by Boardwalk Empire’s Bathsheba Doran, The Mystery of Love and Sex is a quirky, millennial-esque tale of relationships. When best friends Charlotte (Contessa Treffone) and Johnny (Thuso Lekwape) start college, Charlotte finds herself attracted to women, while Johnny begins sleeping with men. As they navigate their way throughout some of life’s biggest moments, their friendship is put to the ultimate test.
Deborah Galanos and Nicholas Papademetriou round out the small cast of four, playing Charlotte’s parents. As they try their best to understand their daughter, their own relationship becomes placed on the back burner as Charlotte’s mother admits to sleeping with another person. Papademetriou is a stand-out. His De-Niro-style New York accent is flawless, as is his delivery of some of the play’s funniest moments. Galanos’ performance was also strong, her struggle between being a good mother and wife refreshingly honest, saturated in laugh-out-loud moments with sentiment.
Although the play has its few moments of slow drag, it’s overall a clever piece of theatre, very much in touch with the real issues in today’s relationships. Full of surprising one-liners, it’s altogether a fun, thoughtful and compassionate night out.
Until Mar 12; Tues-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 5pm. Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst. $38-$54. Tickets & info: www.darlinghursttheatre.com
By Chantal Walsh.