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After Liverpool
Presented by Mon Petit Cochon

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Reviewed: 2006-08-02 04:21:57
Rated: 5 out of 10 [2.5 Stars]
By: Leila Marston (primordialmuse@gmail.com)

The concept behind this show is a fascinating one - the follies and ecstasies of relationships, the ways that words can slam doors or forge bridges - but the execution left me unenthused.  Indeed, the roundabout dialogue and lukewarm performances made for a rather tedious time spent in venue seven.

After Liverpool features three young actors assuming different relationship roles in a loosely woven story, and the script focuses on all of the different facets of intimacy - love, need, fear, desire, in the context of both hetero- and homosexual relationships.  The script, however, was rambling in places and left much to be desired, and one monologue in particular was repeated by the actors in turn so many times that I wanted to puncture my eardrums with a rusted ice pick rather than hear it again.

While several scenes were well-staged, including a few moments of lovely dancing, the actors seemed distracted and not altogether believable, as if casually observing their characters rather than stepping into them.  Granted, their roles changed from scene to scene, but at no point did I feel that they fully engaged in any of them.

Still, the show did provide some thoughtful moments, and with some work with both the script and its execution, could prove to be a far more entertaining performance in the future.

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