If you'd rather be watching live theatre rather than the theatre of reality television on a weekday evening, get yourself to the Old Fitz Theatre in Woolloomooloo for night of lust, regret and infidelity at the bar. Kidding, I mean on stage, with a back-to-back performance of Like Whiskey on the Breath of a Drunk You Love and Lunch.
Starring Natalie Freeman, Edric Hong, Nicola James, Yannick Lawry in both and directed, again both, by Sean O'Riordan, these will run untill 25th July and is part of the theatre's Late Night sessions.
Like Whiskey on the Breath of a Drunk You Love was a lot to take in post-dinner, post-bevvie on a weekday evening (when I saw the performance), but beat what was waiting for me at home (toilet bowl scrubbing, recorded Masterchef episode). I'm going to assume 95% of Sydney have just as much excitement mid-week as I do, so to tap into the collective psyche of 2 couples cheating on each other's partners was a pretty good blood rusher for a Wednesday night.
The performance was great, although a bit confusing, as the characters delivered their lines over, and running into, each other, heightening the idea that while you think you're the only one being unfaithful, someone, somewhere, is doing the dirty behind your back, and that someone is your own partner. It follows the usual scenario: meet a stranger at a bar, take them home ... but then what? In this performance, it touches on the surface of how we cheat and why, and it's enough for a short play to leave you satisfied. A little more sexual tension on stage might have been lacking, but perhaps it was because of the length of the play, or the fact that there were pretty much always all four characters on stage for there to be any breathing room to collect your thoughts?
Right off the back of this play came Lunch, a more comedic look at love, lust and relationships, with hey hey! - a bit of audience participation thrown in. The dialogue was lyrical and poetic, delivered with more energy than the previous performance, but more to do with the pace of the performance than the quality of the performers (who were, in both plays, pretty good). Two strangers meet at a random park bench and the performance follows their thoughts and interaction as they decide whether they should or should not follow this meeting through to its most desired conclusion. With each character sits their "little devil" characters, chiding them and egging them on, a delight for the audience to see and follow. I found this one more poignant than the previous performance, particularly the idea that your partner may not be "present" when you think you're being intimate.
Both plays were a great way to break up the week, and credit goes to Natalie Freeman, Edric Hong, Nicola James, Yannick Lawry for simply pulling off amazing line on top of line during Like Whiskey on the Breath of a Drunk You Love, which was delivered really well.