The Disturbed Couples Hour (somewhat incorrectly named given its running time of approximately 45 minutes) is made up of two short interchanges between a pair of very odd couples. The script, from Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, American Beauty, True Blood) includes some amusing ideas, conveyed in a clever, subversive manner – as is his way.
The first of the two pieces, ‘The M Word’ is the more fun of the two and sees a young man (Rowan Hopkins) negotiating with his potential life partner (Carissa Lee) over their “merger”. It is a witty observation, presenting the logical reasoning behind one of life’s most illogical processes: love and marriage. The two actors do well to provide the right amount of disinterest to their characters.
In ‘Made for a Woman’, the two characters are in a relationship completely devoid of any actual connection. Between pre-occupation with their appearance and obsession with acquiring possessions, they have no time to actually engage in conversation with one another. This play was less entertaining than the first. Though some of that was no doubt due to the characters themselves being more vile, and the overall concept less intellectually pleasing, some of the humour was also lost in the delivery.
This was a production with some good features but the execution still left something to be desired.
Kryztoff Rating: 3K
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