Big Boys the 3rd
It’s the fringiest feeling. The feeling that overwhelms you every January and February. The feeling of numb cheeks and sore arms and dopamine beating through your veins after spending 50 minutes laughing and clapping until you can’t laugh or clap anymore.
It’s this fringey feeling that dictates how to review a show and, last night,
Ash and Brad had me laughing and clapping so much my cheeks and arms were numb indeed.
They even had my South African 60 year old mother laughing so much that she cried.
Ash and Brad combine theatrics, comedy, music and dance to produce Big Boys The 3rd – a story examining the big issues in life: fatherhood, marriage, family, towels, Justin Bieber and South African hospital infrastructure. The narrative flows seamlessly with intermittent dance break flashbacks to the brothers’ former glory. Each routine is well choreographed, original, energetic and completely different to the one before it. A personal favourite was the mockery of current day Rave culture that ‘whips’, ‘nae naes’ and ‘dougies’ all night at #daclub – but only after your mum drops you off #blessed.
The dynamic between the two brothers is obvious and could serve to be even more melodramatic – the silly (read: clueless) Brad needs a more assertive older brother, Ash, for the narrative to truly engage you. The highlights were when Ash took a moment to laugh at himself having forgotten his lines and when Brad interacted with the audience and stage crew after a few technical difficulties (and when a towel gets thrown a little too far right of stage).
Big Boys The 3rd is a gem to any audience member- young or old, Fringe experienced or not. If you, your parents, your partner’s parents, your co-worker, your best friend or your neighbour is South African this is one show you absolutely do not want to go past either –sprinkled with South African celebrity references and topped off with a booming hospital announcement voice straight from Durban that is guaranteed to have you in stiches when the microphone is accidentally left on.