Sunday, 16 November 2014
Theatre review: Man to Man
Kelly is very impressive in her solo performance, filling the room without showboating. We first meet Max as an old man getting drunk in front of the TV, and Kelly convincingly takes us through the stages that led to this identity.
Karge's verse play I'm not as sure about. Though keeping the male persona most of his life, Max does occasionally become a woman again when sexual advantage calls for it. There's interesting moments when we seem to be exploring what this does to Max's mental state, and the way Max variously describes himself as male or female, or as a character in the third person, has promise. But between this and the alternative history of post-War Germany being told in the comparatively short piece, neither gets the chance to fully develop, and at times the play struggled to keep my interest. The last Karge play I saw was The Conquest of the South Pole, and while not as tedious as that this does share its flaw of a good cast unable to disguise a play with surprisingly little to say in the end, and no interesting way to say it.
Man to Man by Manfred Karge in a version by Anthony Vivis is booking until the 30th of November at Park Theatre 90.
Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes straight through.