Real Estate Agents: Sydney Comedy Festival

Mimi Dang
1st May 2023

Real Estate Agents is a three-act tragicomedy that delves into the world of real estate, offering a hilarious and thought-provoking journey that will keep audiences entertained from start to finish. With a cleverly crafted storyline and a dynamic duo at its helm, this play delivers a refreshing take on the familiar struggles of the industry and poses the question: ‘Can you really sell a house without selling your soul?’.

The play revolves around the lives of Nick Harriott, a struggling estate agent, and Tom Waddell, a pizza boy whose accidental sale of a house for a staggering $3 million turns their worlds upside down. Nick, desperate to boost sales at his father's real estate firm, sees an opportunity in Tom's unexpected talent for selling properties. The two embark on a partnership that promises great success, but as the story unfolds, so do the challenges and doubts.

Their odd-couple dynamic, with Nick being the experienced yet neurotic agent and Tom the naive yet natural salesman, leads to many hilarious and unexpected moments. The comedic elements are seamlessly blended with thought-provoking themes, creating a balance between laughter and introspection.

The performances of the lead actors are commendable. Their chemistry on stage is palpable, and they bring depth and authenticity to their characters. The transformation of Nick's initial skepticism to his growing concern about Tom's seemingly unstoppable sales prowess is portrayed convincingly, eliciting empathy from the audience. Tom's journey from a pizza boy to a rising star in the real estate world is equally engaging, and his infectious enthusiasm becomes infectious to both the characters on stage and the viewers.

The play also sheds light on the cut-throat nature of the real estate industry. Through the lens of humor, it explores the pressures faced by agents to succeed, the constant need to outdo competitors, and the moral dilemmas that arise when business interests clash with personal beliefs. This layer of social commentary adds depth to the comedic narrative and invites viewers to reflect on the conflict between a successful and fulfilling career and participating in roles that may be draining our souls.

There is a lot to squeeze into this 1 hour show and occasionally it feels rushed in its three-act format, leaving some character backstories underexplored. Certain moments that could have offered deeper emotional impact are glossed over in favor of maintaining the play's light-hearted atmosphere. While this approach is consistent with its comedic tone, a longer runtime could have allowed for more nuanced storytelling and character development.

Despite this, "Real Estate Agents" successfully delivers an enjoyable and light-hearted show. Its clever humour and engaging characters make it a must-see for comedy enthusiasts looking to get involved in this year’s comedy festival. Coming straight off the back of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, ‘Real Estate Agents’ is showing at the Enmore Loft in Sydney for two nights only. If you're looking for a hilarious and poignant journey through the high-stakes world of real estate, don't miss this delightful tragicomedy.