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As Is (Mice On A Beam)

By | Published on Saturday 22 August 2015

As Is

Enjoyable, well-executed and skilful, ‘As Is’ strikes the right balance between humour and pathos to be almost universally appealing. Set during the HIV/ AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, the play follows Rich’s journey after he is diagnosed with the illness. The play’s shining glory is the complex relationship between Rich and Saul, the long term partner he left for a younger man, whose love never falters even in the face of extreme adversity. The supporting cast work together to ensure the success of the play as a whole: acting as a chorus they evoke the hysteria of the time, while individually they are responsible for providing the light relief, which allows the leading performances to achieve such emotional impact.

Bedlam Theatre, until 30 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Megan Wallace]