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Review: Never Say Always | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Mark Pearce writes…

It’s a mystery to me why gay marriage has become such a vexed political issue in Australia. If anything gay marriage, when it comes, will underscore the ‘normalization’ of homosexuality and probably knock off some of its radical activist edge.

This is part of the sub-text to Warrick Glynn’s new comedy which received its world premier at the Mechanics Institute in Brunswick this week. It’s a well-crafted, witty and satisfying piece about a gay couple and their domestic journey towards (what can only be for now) a token marriage plus all the requisite anxieties.

This is Glynn’s second play, his first comedy ‘From Arsehole to Breakfast’ was a well-deserved sell-out hit at Midsumma 2010, and marked the playwright as a comedy and theatrical talent.

If Oscar Wilde had been born in Altona in the 1960′s he probably would have emerged as Warrick Glynn who has an excellent ear for fluent dialogue and talent for crisp amusing one -iners.

Despite the sit-com scenario there is a quality about the production, with its fast moving scenes and pithy dialogue that gives it class.Director Andrew Vial has done well with a new play that flows smoothly despite a few missed jokes here and there.

Daniel Madrigali as Steve and Francisco Lopez as Joe are both excellent as the couple in love, particularly Madrigali whose sharp, angular quips and comic presence brightens the stage from the start to end.

The cast display breadth and depth as the drama takes some unexpected poignant turns. Mary, played by Lynda West, did an excellent job as Joe’s mother. I won’t spoil it by revealing the final plot twist, only to say that I was surprisingly moved.

Never Say Always is playing at the Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre, 9:15pm with weekend matinees until April 14th.

Follow Mark Pearce on Twitter: @marcpatrichenry

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