We have all bumped into an ex or two… and you have that split second to decide if you stand tall, acknowledge them and talk about how much better your life is since your break up or… try and hide and hope they don’t see you…
Well how about being left one on one in a hotel room with one of your Exes? Or maybe with two or three ? Some Girl(s) is a Neil labute play that does just this – four exes in four cities.
The Buckland Theatre Company tackle their second ever production and also manage to set the bar pretty high. This will hopefully be the start of a very successful and lucrative career for this company.
Following on from my interview with Carolyn Backhouse a few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to watch Some Girl(s) recently at the Park Theatre, which also had a post show Q&A with the cast and director and was hosted by the lovely Terri Paddock.
Meet Guy – How do I say this… Guy is not a nice person! There I said it. He is not malicious or vindictive, just selfish, self absorbed and doesn’t treat ladies very well. When the going gets tough – Guy gets going and to be honest when the going gets great – Guy also gets going.
This LaBute play has seen the West End stage once before in 2005 starring David Schwimmer, as well as a run on Broadway and a movie adaptation. The Park Theatre in Finsbury Park is the venue for this production and this intimate studio space is transformed through a series of well choreographed stagehand transactions and takes us on a journey of Guy’s dating past…
Now a somewhat successful ‘writer’ Guy makes a nationwide trip of failed relationships and as the show progresses we come to learn that his intentions are not as genuine as we may think. Guy, played by Charlie Dorfman, somehow manages to embody the personification of a ‘douche-bag’ you can’t help but dislike his character. When both Dorfman and director Gary Condes were asked if they could relate to ‘Guy’ and his chauvinistic ways, Condes answered well with – “I was scared of it [The play] so I thought I should fucking do it.”
We meet the first of our female actresses in the form of Sam, played by Elly Condron. A well settled mother of two, Cordron taps into emotions and memories she didn’t know she had until she meets up with ex high school sweet heart Guy. It’s at this point I must mention it is unsure whether Guy is his name or just a generic label to establish that he is ‘man’. Condron plays Sam with such genuine emotion and honesty. You can’t help by warm to her.
Roxanne Pallett is the vivacious bold and somewhat sleazy Tyler. She adds a nice wild element to the show and shows a more careless and passionate time in Guy’s life.
Carolyn Backhouse is strong, educated and commands the stage as Lindsay. Probably the most scorned victim in this play, she risks all as they recount their affair but she also elegantly manages to gets her own slice of revenge on Guy. “I love her power and the way she takes control of the room” – Backhouse
Bobbi is the fourth ex we meet on Guys ‘national tour’. Carly Stenson perfectly embodies California mannerisms and delivers such a likeable performance. Learning that ‘she is the one that got away’ (even though guy left her) she has great depth and light and shade to her character.
As I briefly touched on before the stage hands ( who are dressed as chamber maids) effortless transformed the stage while a video played highlighting Guy’s travel to four different states. Each room manages to somehow look different while also displaying décor that matches each woman’s personality. Whether it’s the plain and uniformed room for Sam, to the airy light and comfy room to show Bobbi’s upbeat and easygoing disposition.
The post show Q&A opened the floor up to questions from the audience which posed for an interesting debated. Theatre is subjective but we must remember to respect people’s work and just because you may not agree with something doesn’t mean you should be aggressive. This is all I am saying on the Q&A etiquette…
I always enjoy the extra little gems such as post show debates or Q&A’s as they allow us to get to know the cast and creatives more personally and I would highly recommend going to one if you get the chance.
Make sure to see Some Girl(s) before it closes on August 6th at the Park Theatre.
I would also like to thank Theatre Bloggers the opportunity.
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