The Young Tycoons in action. Image credit: Noni Carroll / Darlinghurst Theatre Company
The Young Tycoons, just that name alone is a subtle giveaway as to what is bound to happen next. These two media powerhouses (satirically played) have taken on thew world, and the two power dads leave their two kids in charge. Nothing goes amiss, or if it does, you're going to get caught out.
From father to son on the Warburton's end. Image credit: Noni Carroll / Darlinghurst Theatre Company
The Eternity Playhouse is part of the Darlinghurst Theatre company. The Young Tycoons (a CJ Johnson production) initially played in the old Darlinghurst Theatre site back in 2005, and has now made a come back full throttle.
The satire is relatable to everyday business and media. A lot of jargon in the face of trying to look good is prominent. You have The House of Vogler, played by Ted Vogler (the dad - Laurence Coy) and Kim Vogler (the first of the Young Tycoons - Edmund Lembke-Hogan). If you've seen Howzat! and/or are familiar with the man who invented cricket, a few bells will ring. Now you know how building Sydney's second casino at Barangaroo came about. Note, wonderful readers that there will be a few spoilers within this review.
Trevor with his grilfriend. Image credit: Noni Carroll / Darlinghurst Theatre Company
The second media powerhouse involves the downgrading a senior staff member to keep his salary with less responsibility, in the aim of passing the torch onto one of his sons. Welcome to The House of Warburton. A similar theme ensues between Liam Warburton (the dad - John Turnbull) and his son Trevor Warburton (the second of the Young Tycoons - Andrew Cutcliffe) - where the circumstances are similar yet hilarious.
Life's hard lessons. Image credit: Noni Carroll / Darlinghurst Theatre Company
If I was to sum up this play in one word: hilarious. It will leave you in stitches. A few words of warning...the f word feels like it's going out of fashion, yet does not cause any offence. Expect a plethora of suits, media conferences, sex, drinks and constant scene changes to keep the audience interested and engaged without trying to be overly busy. Even a heart attack is thrown in for good measure, as well as bad business decisions from the two youngsters following in their respective fathers footsteps.
Really entertaining with clever signage, and the two hours (with a brief interlude after the first hour) goes incredibly quickly. A play you want to see again. You'll be thirsty for more wit, humour and satire - even if you don't have a business and/or a media head.
Kim at yet another media conference. Image credit: Noni Carroll / Darlinghurst Theatre Company
Indeed, it just goes to show that the first generation builds it; the second generation acquires it. For the third generation....it's a surprise, yet you can see where this is all going.
Justine Crowley would like to thank the Eternity Playhouse, Ian Phipps, Nikita Jacka and Sydney Fun for this special writer invitation.
Where: Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street Darlinghurst NSW.
Why: Hilarious satire, and for some great witty entertainment.
Cost: $30-43 per person.
When: Between May 16 - June 15 2014. Performance times: Tuesday to Saturday: 8pm. Sunday 5pm. Saturday matinees: 3pm on the 7th and 14th of June respectively.