afterglow

13 Jun

AFTERGLOW

by S. Asher Gelman

at the Southwark Playhouse

The advertising shows a picture of three naked young men – and so does the programme. This is obviously for titillation purposes. I am not averse to that, but do find it annoying that the play is so lacking real content and depth of character. Perhaps the story could work – with gender adjustments – in a magazine for teenagers or a rather boring episode of a kid’s TV programme.

Yes, the three boys are naked.  A Page Three Trio. They start off on a bed all making love together. A married couple about to adopt a child, and a younger man who they have invited to join in. It seems to be fun. There is an on-stage shower which steals all the personality plaudits.

However, inevitably, in any moralistic piece, although they are supposed to be sophisticated and in an open relationship, one of the husbands and the interloper fall in love.

They talk about it a bit and change their clothes a lot, have showers,  move furniture around -and do an awful lot of kissing.

If It is a moralistic tale about infidelity,  Can it be infidelity in an open relationship? is it? Who really cares? I found it difficult to care about these people. Nice boys, but too much alike. They all look as if they have been on the same training program. Cut their heads off and you couldn’t tell which is which.

They don’t have a lot of time to talk, they are too busy dressing and undressing so the somewhat meagre dialogue is filled up with loud bangs to denote orgasm and a sort of East Enders type drumming to denote their beating hearts. Its a pity the boys could not give these feelings in performance, but no, they are too busy showing off their wardrobes, their kissing techniques, and moving furniture about.

I looked at the audience who all seemed to be taking it seriously. At the end, there was quite a bit of clapping from them, but no standing ovation. Perhaps the standing was taking place elsewhere on their bodies, making it embarrassing. But I didn’t feel it was erotic enough to cause any discomfort.

There was nothing remotely sexy in this play as far as I could see. Three quite attractive boys with no apparent brain power, kissing each other a lot and pretending to have sex.

There is nothing more I can say.

The very lovely Jesse Fox plays Darius, the interloper

and the married couple are the very lovely Sean Hart as Josh and the very lovely Danny Mahoney as Alex.

AFTERGLOW

by S. Asher Gelman

at the Southwark Playhouse

The advertising shows a picture of three naked young men – and so does the programme. This is obviously for titillation purposes. I am not averse to that, but do find it annoying that the play is so lacking real content and depth of character. Perhaps the story could work – with gender adjustments – in a magazine for teenagers or a rather boring episode of a kid’s TV programme.

Yes, the three boys are naked.  A Page Three Trio. They start off on a bed all making love together. A married couple about to adopt a child, and a younger man who they have invited to join in. It seems to be fun. There is an on-stage shower which steals all the personality plaudits.

However, inevitably, in any moralistic piece, although they are supposed to be sophisticated and in an open relationship, one of the husbands and the interloper fall in love.

They talk about it a bit and change their clothes a lot, have showers,  move furniture around -and do an awful lot of kissing.

If It is a moralistic tale about infidelity,  Can it be infidelity in an open relationship? is it? Who really cares? I found it difficult to care about these people. Nice boys, but too much alike. They all look as if they have been on the same training program. Cut their heads off and you couldn’t tell which is which.

They don’t have a lot of time to talk, they are too busy dressing and undressing so the somewhat meagre dialogue is filled up with loud bangs to denote orgasm and a sort of East Enders type drumming to denote their beating hearts. Its a pity the boys could not give these feelings in performance, but no, they are too busy showing off their wardrobes, their kissing techniques, and moving furniture about.

I looked at the audience who all seemed to be taking it seriously. At the end, there was quite a bit of clapping from them, but no standing ovation. Perhaps the standing was taking place elsewhere on their bodies, making it embarrassing. But I didn’t feel it was erotic enough to cause any discomfort.

There was nothing remotely sexy in this play as far as I could see. Three quite attractive boys with no apparent brain power, kissing each other a lot and pretending to have sex.

There is nothing more I can say.

The very lovely Jesse Fox plays Darius, the interloper

and the married couple are the very lovely Sean Hart as Josh and the very lovely Danny Mahoney as Alex.

I’m afraid I just found it silly.

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