Arts & Entertainment

REVIEW: The Twins

Ian Darling and Greg Fleet

Ian Darling and Greg Fleet. Photo: Nathanial Mason

Directed by Terry Serio and Sarah Butler, this droll two-hander sees two real-life friends, Ian Darling and Greg Fleet, musing over the “twins” roles they played 40 years earlier and the different paths their lives have taken since then.

At the private school Geelong Grammar, the boys played Antipholus of Ephesus and Antipholus of Syracuse in Shakespeare’s Comedy Of Errors.

A son of the Melbourne establishment, Ian Darling leaves school to spend a period in the world of high finance before becoming a filmmaker. This is his first role in decades.

Greg Fleet becomes a successful comedian, writer and “heroin enthusiast, winning admiration for his honest discussion of his addiction.

The bio of each reveals two very accomplished individuals, one might say two privileged white males, who have won recognition for their creative work.

Their conversation takes place in a hut surrounded by bushfire in Kangaroo Valley, NSW in late 2019. Perhaps this is Australia’s version of “Huis Clos”?

Their easy banter and humorous impersonations of Steve Coogan’s and Rob Brydon’s impersonations of Michael Caine provide flashes of humour in a warm and nostalgic dialogue.

The show comes to Sydney after a successful premier season at the Adelaide Fringe.

Until Apr 17. Seymour Centre, Cnr City Rd &, Cleveland St, Chippendale. $20-$31+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.seymourcentre.com

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