One Night Stand

Mon 13th – Sat 18th August 2012

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Thomas Stell

at 01:37 on 17th Aug 2012

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Our premise is one that begs to have a farce made from it. A gay man, Brian, wakes up after a drunken night with a girl from his office, whom he must hide from his sister, his boyfriend Sam, and Sam’s mother. A broadband engineer has also been introduced in the interest of hilarity.

Characters hide under the bed, undress, and mistake one another’s identities. These comic devices are used wisely – there are certainly better constructed plays of this type, but the tension is played on entertainingly, and the several twists in the plot have been put in at the right moments. Apart from a few rather worn out puns, the double entendre of “the ins and outs of it” being one example, there are a lot of good, funny lines in the script.

Shaun Kitchener, the writer, also plays the main character. We really care about him and his relationship with Sam, in all the scrapes he gets himself into; he has a rather happy-go-lucky air that is very likeable, and an endearing worried look. Jon Cobb is well cast as Sam, rather straight-laced, and put-upon by his mother. Ross, the internet technician, played by Rob Elik, is another appropriately sympathetic character. He seems to attract misfortune in the way only passing salesmen in comedies of this sort can do.

The piece is very pleasant to watch, and this is in a large part due to our fondness for these three characters. More could have been made of the opportunities for physical comedy, and some of the gags seem to be leading to funnier conclusions, but it is a good very light-hearted play, very nice and diverting.

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Helena Blackstone

at 10:11 on 17th Aug 2012

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One Night Stand opens with a cold white light turned up high so that the audience can be feel something similar to a blinding hangover. The show starts with two acquaintances who are not behaving in a particularly appealing manner. In fact, both are being quite unreasonably awful to each other in different ways. However, as things go on their behaviour starts to make sense and we even begin to like one of them.

Shaun Kitchener is the most charming of the cast. Although initially abrasive, he comes to be sweet, vulnerable and very believable. Natalie Lester is great as Alice - someone you will recognise as that girl who has lost touch with the reality of others’ emotions, manipulating and twisting them to suit her own fantasies. As a result no one is able to take her feelings too seriously, which leads to some outrageous treatment and a crescendo of fight scenes. I found Jon Cobb as Sam to be a little overtly simpering. There are a few minor clunky bits in the script, especially for the character Megan, but in general I would congratulate Kitchener for the plot pacing and the empathy-inducing characters.

The main fault is that the plot seems to be propelled by people inexplicably not explaining obvious misunderstandings about themselves at the ripe moment. However, this may be a fault I find with farce rather than with this particular show, and this plot device does make for comic moments galore. It is, however, quite confusing to be watching a farce in such a naturalistic setting with characters that range from having realistic to completely unrealistic emotions and motivations. Just when you think all have departed from realism they are back to behaving like human beings again. Because of this I often felt a little frustrated that the characters were starting to behave unrealistically, before remembering the genre, forgiving all, and then being plunged back into realism again.

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