Drowned by mediocrity
REVIEW: This play needed six more scenes to make sense, and yet I was absolutely thrilled when it ended.
The best way I can explain it is this: When the lights went out, there was a lull of around 20 seconds before the clapping started because no-one realised the play was actually over.
Even in a darkened theatre, the looks of confusion were visible before a brave soul started a slow clap that caught on.
The main issue with this play was the combination of general mediocrity and the odd decision to have the lead character Ray, played by Shortland Street’s Ryan Carter, be a swimming Forrest Gump – without any of the likeability or simple motivations.
In the promotional material, Ray was heralded as a swimmer with a ‘‘waterlogged’’ moral compass and yet that assessment of the character’s decision making struck me as way too advanced for what we saw. None of the characters were particularly likable, and I spent the entire 90 minutes without anyone to root for.
Although the constant red hues jarred with the fact that they were meant to be poolside, the use of loud noise and strobe lights pointed into the theatre to mark scene changes were more problematic.
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Red Speedo is showing at the ASB Waterfront Theatre until November 15.