An almost exclusively male audience enjoying three very good looking guys taking off their clothes and performing raunchy scenes. What more could you want?
I'm sure it's better value than a night in a strip club and the models are less jaded.
In all seriousness, I was there last night, which also turned out to have an interesting Q&A after the show.
If you do enjoy male nudity, the front row in the side blocks has the closest view of the action. There are two great shower scenes (they get through a lot of towels).
If you don't enjoy male nudity, you'll be pleased to know it's all over in the first 20 minutes and then this becomes a serious play.
It's not a play that will set the world alight, but there's enough there to keep your interest and it's in one act, so you can get home early. It's also light on comedy (probably worked better for the US sense of humour). And the actors all do a great job under the circumstances (one did seem to be having trouble avoiding grinning during an emotional scene, but that's maybe just how he plays it).
The Q&A afterwards featured the writer and the three actors (all fully clothed). The writer (who had the best hair in the building) mentioned that he has a Google Alert and reads everything, so he's probably seeing this. He also said that he loves the really negative and really positive comments - much better than people being indifferent.
As esteveyb mentioned, he is in a polygamous relationship, with his husband in the audience. He discussed his inspirations and the autobiographical journey in detail. It turns out that the play has deep meaning and is multi-leveled. I hadn't picked up on all of this, so his interpretation was interesting.
The actors, who came across as the much more reserved and well-spoken type when fully dressed, were pretty quiet through all of this. I would be interested to see if they'd picked up on the same interpretation. They did talk about the rehearsal process (conducted with the respect the "me too" movement) and what they thought about getting nude (two found it liberating with one of these saying starting off the play nude meant it was the least nervous he'd ever been in a role, the other had taken it on to push him out of his comfort zone - money was also mentioned as a motivating factor for taking the role).
The UK production was staged very differently to the US. The US version apparently had people watching on two sides and lots of mirrors, making watching the audience really interesting. The writer mentioned that several couples had contacted him to say they'd split up after seeing the play, so he felt it had successfully served its purpose. On Wednesday night, a couple left mid way through and argued in the foyer (made more entertaining with them trying to exit from the wrong side of the stage while the play was still going on).
So, as I'm sure the lovely S. Asher Gelman is reading this, I will avoid indifference and say I did enjoy this, particularly the Q&A. I must admit I found Jesse Fox very easy on the eye and say the online pictures of the cast don't do them justice. And, I look forward to watching him other plays, but please spread out the nudity so that we've got something to look forward to all the way through!
Although not a great play it was, for me, very enjoyable and much better than many of the comments on here (and reviews) suggested. Three very decorous young men gave strong performances and also nifty scene changes. The production was very inventive. Who would have thought that when SP first moved to this former car shop they would be able to consistently use the space so imaginatively - I do hope when they move to more swanky premises they maintain their flair.
I felt almost compelled to see this play when it was announced - I love the Playhouse, and I've been in a gay polyamorous relationship for the last 6 years. Though my relationship is different to the one portrayed in this play - we are in a closed triad (three guys equally romantically linked to each other, and no-one else). I went with an open mind looking forward to seeing how this relatively common facet of gay life would be portrayed on stage, and hoping to see something new and exciting with a gripping story. I also took along a couple of friends, one of whom is also in a poly relationship with 3 other guys.
I (and the guys I took with me) found the whole thing just completely boring. I've seen this story so many times in real life I could see every plot point coming from a mile off, but it was just the terrible writing that completely disinterested me. I didn't care about any of these characters, and wanted to just scream at each of them for different reasons. This play doesn't say anything at all, and clearly survived in New York by selling tickets to thirsty guys hoping to see a bit of full frontal. The performances were pretty weak also - the younger guy breaking down into tears made my entire row giggle.
I felt like a huge portion of the runtime of the play was taken up by the scene changes and watching people get dressed. At some points you'd have a scene change which felt like it took forever, then there were a few minutes of dialogue, then ANOTHER scene change. After about 45 minutes I was just wishing it to end.
I couldn't help but compare this play to one of the first scenes in The Inheritance where a 3 way relationship starts to form - I got more character and plot development from those 10 minutes in The Inheritance than I did from this whole play.
I'm appreciative to the Southwark Playhouse for taking a chance on plays with themes such as this one, but ultimately I think the quality of this particular piece is pretty low.
Remembered the comments from here weren't glowing so went in with neutral expectations, I enjoyed it! While it was shocking that the nudity starts straight away, I was glad that is didn't last consistently throughout the play (I'm not a prude but being in such close proximity I almost felt rude and intruding..!!)
Is it The Inheritance? Angels in America? no. but there are plenty of standard hetero-romance plays so im glad that we have made progress to have a sub standard homo-romance play! There were some monologues that really touched me, and some where the wring felt a little juvenile (I did a little google and on Broadway World they said it was originally 2hr 15min with an interval so clearly they've done some cuts since the off broadway run).
While I can't deny it was nice to see three gorgeously attractive men, what does it say about our community that we couldn't have a little more diversity and not bow to the stereotype standard of gays being 5'11, ripped but not too much, and white? (Im probably reading far too much into it..!)
Solid three stars, catch it if you can, I love the Southwark Playhouse and water on stage always impresses me so to have our little fringe venue have a fully working shower is cool!
When it first played off-broadway, it was 2 acts with an interval. I saw it that way. Eventually in the run, they removed the interval and condensed it. I'm not sure why.
Oh interesting! I did see it fairly late into the run (about a month before the end, I think) and everything I googled at the time for reviews and the like only ever displayed that short no interval runtime.
Post by theatremonkey.com on Aug 17, 2019 17:50:48 GMT
The chairs are plastic but the arrangement is usually two rows flat on the floor, then two rows behind on one raised plinth, another two rows behind on a slightly higher raised plinth etc. If you are in any second row behind the first on any plinth, you won't see much. Frankly, the raise isn't high anyway each time, but the second row really suffers, I find.
Seems a bit odd to me that Waterloo East is less than half the size of Southwark Playhouse. Is it common for fringe theatres to transfer to smaller venues?
I don’t think it’s common, but there are all kinds of financial reasons why it would make sense. It’s a relatively cheap show to put on (cast of three), proven niche audience, will save a theatre from being dark and will let more people know about the theatre. And then there are all the cross over marketing opportunities with the gay sauna across the road.
Saw the play last month and I can understand a transfer with extra perfomances added, as given the mixed comments over here and in reviews, I didn't know what to expect; but would surely have given it a 3 stars, as one way not the best play ever seen, but there were some strong moments both acting and scenery wise. Such intimate venues require natural acting, and on that point too I think this production did very well. I wonder though how straight audiences comment on this:)