To say this play is a powerful piece, is a slight understatement. Unsure as to how i was going to react to a play that contained gay stereotypes, my opinion was most certainly turned into a positive one as playwright Christopher Shinn’s play was performed.
He has created a play with a set of characters that are complex, far from boring and truly believable. Ryan McPlarland as the aforementioned Teddy of the title and Oliver Johnstone as Drew are completely mesmerising. McPlarland totally inhabits his character complete with spittle and drool, His performance his gut wrenching and deserved the ovation. Shinn has written a play that his full to bursting with substance exploring issues of loneliness, the need to belong and self fulfilment. At it’s heart is a message and it is an important one, that homophobia in American Universities is still prevalent and can cause students to take their own lives. This is a problem that needs to be dealt with.
This production is totally gripping, provocative and will have you standing up to deliver the well deserved applause and cheers of Bravo! when the curtain comes down.
Runs ’til 5 December at Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LX.