Fringe 2005 review 2 and 3
Phew. Two plays in the same night. Good thing the venues were close by. Here it goes.
Articulate - First of all, the name. very misleading that one. Is it an english lesson? well sort of. It is on one level about what we mean to say but don't say it exactly how we meant to say......you could say 'nice' but you could also say something more explanatory like 'refreshing'. We lack articulation at times, depending on circumstances/state of mind/age etc. The play is actually a well acted romantic comedy not involving annoying the third characters or last-minute-chase-scenes... normally associated with the romantic comedy genre. Its about the nuisances of waiting for the first call or the lull in the first date conversation, all packaged in a sweet, intelligent and real love story. And Cayman Duncan is just TOO cute.
Cheapskate- again...the name. You know its going to be funny but whats it about? people being cheap or people coming across cheap. Its the second one- i.e. appearances. Notably first impressions. Actually three first impressions.......in the lives of three room-mates. Its about the mordern dating scene and the story could easily be out of an episode of 'Friends', but the story goes deeper into the skeletons of the characters- what they think of others and themselves. Do we always know whts best for our friends, for ourselves? Go watch and find out. A guy or a girl, you'll be seeing yourself or your best friend on stage.
Best acting out of a troup of 9 people I have seen at the Fringe so far.
Common thread for both: Use of deliberate mistakes in the presentation- Spilled water. A slip of tongue. A cocky smirk from the people moving the furniture around on stage. Very clever. It draws the audience into the raw nature of theatre and involves them in a more personal way.