LAYERED, SKILFULLY ACTED, TIGHTLY DIRECTED AND INTRUSIVELY INTIMATE
Paul McLaughlin, Martyn Roberts, Lucy Briant, Carol Smith, Gavin Rutherford, Gabrielle Anwen
at Edgewater Resort, Wanaka
From 12 Apr 2011 to 17 Apr 2011
[55 mins, no interval]
Reviewed by Unattributed online, 14 Apr 2011
originally published in Otago Daily Times
Site-Specific Theatre's Hotel is another unusual show, performed in a real suite before an audience of 20, which is enough when you add five larger than life actors.
Just as hotels see only certain facets of their occupants, our view is limited to what the characters reveal to us in the time they have the room.
We get voyeuristic glimpses of the lives of couples and singles on business and pleasure, doing many of the things we all do in hotel rooms, and some we have probably never considered.
The result is powerful, moving drama with a strong theme of melancholy, supported by a soundtrack of Kiwi music.
Hotel is layered, skilfully acted, tightly directed and intrusively intimate, and well deserves an intelligent audience.
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