"Gay Comedy drama about religion"
by Aline Waites for remotegoat on 30/09/14

It is a romantic love story like a modern Romeo and Juliet. It is mainly played as comedy throughout although we hear at the opening the grim sounds of a car crash which presages the tragedy that is to come and makes us uneasy .
Adam and Luke area loving gay couple totally committed to one another and have been happy together for five years despite the disparity of their ages. Adam is forty years old, world weary and cynical. His life has not turned out the way he wanted it and he is now working in a candle shop belonging to his friend Holly and this is where he met the out of work young actor Luke.
They are totally in love but there is one barrier that is almost impossible for them to climb. Luke is a committed Christian with an almost ludicrous belief in the veracity of the Bible. Adam is an Atheist who says he could never believe in the bible after he realised that it would be impossible for all those animals to fit into that one tiny boat. (and most probably producing more animals and a great deal of shit)
Luke thinks it is important to have faith despite everything. ‘Once you have faith you will understand it all’ he says – he thinks it is a privilege to be a believer and that all Christians will go to Heaven if they believe. ‘What happens to all the others?’ asks Adam.
The gay theme is played in a completely natural and convincing manner and they discuss the religious aspects of their love making. Is making love a sin? ‘I hope so’ says Adam . He says he enjoys sinning and wants to sin some more.
Luke won’t let Adam meet his father, but he has an extremely amusing mother, Arlene ,who deals in one liners. ‘Luke Sheppard has cast well. Ben Cura is Brandon – an onlooker – presumably representing the authorial voice. He is always on the outside of the relationship and able to comment on it. Mitchell Mullen is suitably terrifying as Luke’s homophobic father - Butch! Sirine Saba excels in comedy as Holly the owner of the Candle Shop where they all met, and Nancy Crane as Arlene, Luke’s mother, steals every scene she is in illuminating her conversation with one liners. My short term memory is fine – and so is my long time memory – it’s the bit in between…..’ ‘My body may not be fat, but my soul is.’ Although they are both outsiders, it is so good to see the ladies in this play carry most of the comedy.
The action really concentrates on the two main protagonists. Martin Delaney is the essence of youth as Luke with eyes that sparkle with the excitement and enthusiasm, and Charlie Condou has the sophistication of a mature man – the unbeliever.
The play trips back and forth in time and Sheppard has devised the time scenes so that they leak into each other, just as the comedy/drama and gay/religious themes are intertwined .The set is unusually glamorous for the Little theatre at Southwark, spare, cosy yet classy, making use of muslin drapes to conceal parts that are not required when the scenes change. It is perfectly lit – as always – by Howard Hudson.
Religion is an unusual theme for a gay play - but it is elegantly staged and impeccably performed , ending with not a dry seat in the house.

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