S Asher Gelman’s hit off-Broadway play about intimacy and gay relationships premieres in the UK.
All is well with Josh and Alex who are happily married and in an open relationship. But when Darius enters into their lives, a love triangle is formed which raises questions about the meaning of love and intimacy. "Afterglow" transfers to the Southwark Playhouse after a hit run to New York audiences Off-Broadway.
Some of this may seem pretty obvious, even cliched... Yet I was still absorbed and occasionally challenged, too, as the three actors brought an openness and a moving vulnerability of feeling...'
...Gelman has written a blisteringly honest, commendably non-judgemental examination of gay intimacy, polyamorous relationships and the toll sexual freedom can take on the individuals involved.'
There’s very little in this undemanding play that feels either radical or challenging. The plot is predictable, the characters two-dimensional and the production stuffed with gratuitous nudity.'
This saucy gay comedy-drama has been a cult hit in New York, but its UK premiere is wearying and cliched...feels like a straight play in gay drag – a wasted opportunity to portray real lives in real ways.'