Tuesday, 16 August 2016

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY: Tulloch’s 3some is a spicy, between-the-sheets romp

YOU DON'T KNOW MY NAME: Brown, Poyser and Thomas enjoy each other's company in this provocative new play.

David Tulloch’s 3some is a raunchy but highly entertaining dramedy that rekindles the playwright’s affair with the kind of theatre that seduces, satisfies and leaves you wanting more. It’s not David’s classiest hour, but it’s yet another example of him pushing the creative envelope as a writer and director, while introducing a bunch of relative newcomers who are not shy about putting it all out there.

Meet Kristian (Ackeem Poyser), a 30-something ladies’ man and entrepreneur who creates an app for singles looking for casual, anonymous sex. No strings attached. Things are going swimmingly well for until two sultry young ladies – bossy, career-driven Annabella (Sabrina Thomas) and bossy, power-driven Raina (Carline Brown) – sashay into his life, each with their own agendas. But, as it turns out, they’re all “acquainted.” So when the idea of a ménage à trois enters the picture, they go for it – a bit reluctantly at first, but ultimately these playmates can’t keep their hands off each other. 

As they say, be careful what you wish for. Within months Kristian’s world is topsy-turvy, and that’s when hidden agendas and frightful sexual tastes and appetites are pushed out into the open.

Exploring themes of temptation, sexuality, promiscuity and relationship dynamics in the age of rapid technological advancement, 3some not only brings the heat and some serious adult content (under 18s definitely not allowed); it raises big, bold-type questions about the dark side of human nature and what happens when things go from “casual” to “complicated” in matters of the heart.

Poyser, who bears a slight resemblance to dancehall hotshot Konshens, is a man full of energy and a pair of dramatic eyes that he puts to effective use. We love Thomas’ blend of sass, seductiveness and grit, while Brown plays Raina to a tee, crafting a character that keeps it real, ready to wage war for whatever and whomever she wants.

The theatre house’s small stage sometimes makes the action and set design feel a bit claustrophobic (ample space is key for a show to breathe), but what compensates, thankfully, is the effortless chemistry that floats among the three actors who disappear into their roles, bringing these desperate, driven and (sometimes) devious characters to life.

As a playwright/director/producer, you never know where David Tulloch’s creative juices will spur him next, but on this stop he serves up a spicy dish with something complex, something kinky, realistic and revelatory. And there’s always an app for that. Tyrone’s Verdict: B

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