Pale Imitations (AMLD Theatre Company)
By Andy Leask | Published on Saturday 20 August 2016
Love, success, art: these are big topics to grapple with in just 50 minutes. While the script touches on these themes, what really holds the play together are the complex relationships between the characters. All three actors deliver excellent performances, with Jerome Wise’s Ramone a particular standout. Between them they convey a realistically ‘lived in’ chemistry in their characters’ complex, often acrimonious relationships. I really bought into the ten-year history of these lives. Less successful, though, is the motif of art – visual, and musical – running through the play. It’s a nice stylistic touch, but the attempts to marry it thematically to the plot don’t quite work, giving the play the air of a sketch, rather than a finished masterpiece.
SpaceTriplex, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Leask]