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No Strings (Pop-Up Theatre Company)

By | Published on Friday 28 August 2015

No Strings

Carolyn Duffin couldn’t have anticipated the hack of cheating website Ashley Madison, but that recent imbroglio makes quite the punchline to her new play. It’s essentially a morality tale about why infidelity is very, very bad – and how women can be very, very devious. Jamie (George Drever) and Shona (Duffin) meet at a hotel. She says it’s her first foray into anonymous sex. It’s his seventeenth. What follows is trite conversation about marital and personal discontent and – for a show that says it’s “intended for adult viewing” – nothing particularly sexy. But what’s the moral here? Men are dumb horndogs? Women should harness their feminine wiles to rat them out? Whatever its intent, ‘No Strings’ leaves a sour taste.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 1/5 | [Rebecca Jacobson]