Written by Jane Dennis
The new play EROS by Caroline Lark, directed by Yvonne Martin, is delightfully funny.
I went along with my friend to see EROS, not knowing what to expect. After all it’s a look into the world of polyamory – the choice of sharing multiple sexual partners!
The comedy is all about a ‘circle’ of polyamorists who head off to a retreat for the weekend. What is supposed to be a straightforward get-together turns into anything but, especially when the loveless couple Reuben (Jon Pheloung) and Julia (Claire Dougan) gets introduced to the ‘circle’ in a bid to save their dying love, and nanotechnologist Natalie (Laura Hill, a former actor of the hit television series Shortland Street) winds up falling in love! As the story unfolds there are some laugh-out-loud moments and excellent one-liners throughout.
The backdrops are limited (due to The Forge not being a big theatre) but, with a little help from your own imagination, it’s cleverly done, especially the pull-out bar!
EROS is well acted by all, but the larger-than-life characters of Reuben (Jon Pheloung) and Ingrid (Ali Harper) steal the show! Although I’m loved up and my friend is happily single, we both could relate to this witty contemporary play.
EROS opened on 27 August 2010 and runs until 25 September 2010 at The Forge at The Court Theatre in Christchurch. To secure your tickets, book now on +64 3 963 0870 or go online.
EROS: 27 August – 25 September 2010