Revolver, the new play by Sugar Coat Theatre Company, opened in Theatre Upstairs this Tuesday past. The play is in full swing now entertaining the audience and wowing the critics; and I got a great opportunity to interview Seanan McDonnell, who wrote the piece.
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Unless you go through all the genuine angers you feel, both justified and unjustified, the feelings of love that you have will not have any legitimate base and will be at least partially false. Plus, eventually you will go crazy.
– Christopher Durang
You know that scene in Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy, where Bruce and Prudence go on a blind date with each other? And everything goes from bad to worse. All the words, that would have been better left out, were said at the most inappropriate times; all the bits and pieces of personal information that should have waited at least until the third date, were revealed without any thought given prior to opening one’s own mouth… And even if you don’t know Durang’s play, sure you would have recongised yourself in the above mentioned situation. We’ve all been on a date after (or during) which we considered the option of leaving the country and never coming back for the way we’ve completely embarrassed ourselves and ruined any chances of further happiness and life together.
Aodh (played by Colm O’Brien) and Bea (played by Charlene Craig) are also trying out their luck on the “romantic front” with the help of the magical website with a speaking-for-itself name everlasting.con. The difference is that Aodh and Bea don’t have one single chance to make a first impression, they have countless number of opportunities to wow each other for the first time… for there is a magical button that they can press at any point during the date in order to get back to the starting line. The memory of how the previous date went will be completely erased. The only side effect is that every time the button is pressed, the love birds suffer from a minor stroke. But what is a minor stroke when you get a freshly clean slate with someone you might possibly like… again.
Revolver, written by Seanan McDonnell and directed by Matthew Ralli, is a beautiful comedy with strong dialogue and an intriguing plot. McDonnell in his script rises a very interesting question: if we knew we had a second chance, would we be more inclined to reveal our true selves or would we try to pull off the most ridiculous lies to see if the other person will fall into the trap? Every time the button goes down, we witness the already known scenario but in a completely different light. With practically the same first date questions and answers, each time presented in a new perspective and at a new angle, the mood of each scene differs dramatically.
Both actors, Charlene Craig and Colm O’Brien, give a strong memorable performance. Their way of portraying Aodh and Bea, and truly making those two characters their own, is hugely enjoyable. Their ability to play the same old scenario each time in a different way and with the same amount of novelty and enthusiasm is simply admirable. With the perfect set (by Dylan Farrell) and lighting (by Teresa Nagel) design, Revolver is a compelling play to watch.
Revolver is a piece of sci-fi comedy that leaves a place for thought in one’s mind long after it’s over. In this play Sugar Coat Theatre has brought up a truly beautiful production that deserves to be seen and heard. Revolver runs in Theatre Upstairs until June 4th, for more info or to book tickets: http://www.theatreupstairs.ie/revolver