ED2013 3/5 Reviews ED2013 Theatre Reviews

Men (Tap Tap Theatre)

By | Published on Thursday 8 August 2013

‘Men’ is about two women and two boys. At least, they act like boys: they occupy a bully-victim paradigm whose clichéd, cack-handed dimensions let down what is otherwise a well-written, very well-acted play. The moments of awkwardness in Miriam Battye’s excellent script evoke a modern-day, funnier Pinter, while the repartee is witty and often caustic. The premise: Frank, in arrested development, is a talented writer inhibited by his domineering housemate, Cyrus. His sister and a friend attempt to extricate him from this poisonous relationship. The homoerotic tension is nicely handled. Unfortunately, the decisions made by all the characters except the sister are increasingly unbelievable; consequently, the emotional pay-offs are ineffective. Still, until it starts coming apart at the seams, an entertaining play.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug, 12.05pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Arjun Sajip]