Monday 20 August 2012 | By Andy Leask
ED2012 Theatre Review: Blink (Soho Theatre / nabakov / Escalator East to Edinburgh)
Beautiful. Hilarious. Voyeuristic. Those words don’t always fit well together, but this innovative new play is all these things and more. It is impossible not to be smitten by each of the quirkily damaged characters as their off-beat, unconventional relationship unfolds. The play is punctuated by regular moments of gut-wrenching laughter, yet its bittersweet conclusion feels appropriate, inevitable even. Appropriately, given the play deals with a need to feel watched, and the way that a distant, voyeuristic relationship can provide intimacy, at times the audience reacted more as though we were watching people we cared about, than performers in a play. Unusual, joyous and heartbreaking, this is a near-perfect theatrical experience that will stay with you.
Traverse Theatre, 2-26 Aug, times vary.
tw rating 5/5 | [Andrew Leask]