definitely-not-gay shenanigans, tonight a play that takes a look at what it means to be Straight, by taking the very notion to its extreme. DC Moore has shown an ability to write not only powerful but quite varied plays with the likes of The Empire, Honest and The Swan (varied, but if they can be set in/actually take place in a pub, so much the better it seems.) This time he's taken as his inspiration a fairly recent film, Lynn Shelton's Humpday, to look at the platonic relationship between straight male friends, and in the process use it as a prism to look at men and women's relationships as well.
Not having seen Humpday I don't know if Straight is a faithful adaptation, or more of a riff on that film's basic storyline, but taken on its own it feels full of the writer's personality and comic style. Funny, sexy, moving and intelligent, it sees the Bush finally get its mojo back and is highly recommended. (And although it's not actually set in a pub, the theatre have at least got into the playwright's spirit by advertising the show on beer mats.)
Straight by DC Moore, based on Humpday by Lynn Shelton, is booking until the 22nd of December at the Bush Theatre.
Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes including interval.