Was in the capacity audience for the first preview last night of this modern-day moral tale. A somewhat slow start (though pleasing on the eye), but once it got into its stride the time just flew. Strong performances from the three actors and some challenging scenes. While there were a few flashes of humour, it felt that there was more laughter to be mined from the script, and no doubt this will come when the performers settle in. Also a few other niggles one can expect in an early preview. The scene changes which were carried out by the cast themselves were innovative - at times perhaps a bit clunky but will no doubt get slicker through the run. And the nudity - it seemed very honest and on the whole quite integral to the story. All in all a very good night out, much appreciated by the extended applause at the end. 85 minutes no interval.
Post by couldileaveyou on Jun 6, 2019 20:46:06 GMT
Acting and direction are fine, but the writing is abysmal. It even works when it stays on the sexy comedy aspects, but when it tries to take a dramatic turn it sinks into nothingness. It's full of contradictions and cliches. It reminds me a lot of Coming Clean, but without Elyot's intelligence, wit and skills. And what's even worse is that it reinforces without critiquing some hideous aspects of the gay community, like the worshipping of youth and fitness. Not every queer play needs to have the intellectual breadth or ambition of Angels in America, nor should be a punch in the stomach like Bent, but Afterglow is really a failure.
I saw AFTERGLOW in NY and can attest to the comments above. It's a total con and only ran as long as it did Off Broadway coz it was in a small, sweaty venue where the audience could get up close and personal as if engaged in some weird bear (bare? lol)-baiting exercise. In this era of THE INHERITANCE and anything whatsoever by Tony Kushner, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Taylor Mac and many other brilliant gay American theatre artists, it's complete rot -- but cleverly marketed rot.
Strong performances by all. Agree with above, not all gay theatre needs to be as thought provoking as Angels or The Inheritance. Just sit back and enjoy your self esteem being crushed by the pretty men
At first when I saw the bed I was like, oh no! another fringe gay play set around a bed !!