What If it didn’t stir up this much controversy?
I was present for opening night and let me just state for the record I was fairly impressed. I honestly wasn’t expecting much, and what I saw on stage that night was rather uncomfortably real and several parts hit very close to home. However it seems that not everyone agrees judging from here and the play, and it’s director has been subject some very harsh criticism.
Let me start by saying some parts I do agree with. The promotions for play did seem to promise a revelation of sorts – a fresh take on relationships and it failed to some extent. However – I believe that most of the audience was able to connect to at least one situation that was portrayed. Whether it was being rejected by someone you love, or jealousy of watching someone you want, want someone else or even the slightly preachy Gabriella whom many of us have in our lives calmly explaining why we are wrong and right. And at the end of the day, art is about putting something out there and hoping that someone can relate to it and connect to it and in this aspect I feel Wasaam was successful.
The set, lighting, co-ordination was brilliant and I think that is very much a testament of Wasaam and the team at DarkLight's extensive experience in theater. They are not amateurs by any means and it showed. I have since been told that the lighting was done by Javin Thomas - he deserves massive kudos for it. It was very well done, very professional. However I do agree with the comment made about, ‘polkudu accents'. At the risk of being a bitch – I for one found it rather irritating to be honest. Also Keyshia Leitch was rather soft spoken and it was a struggle to hear her, which was terribly frustrating. In terms of the kissing, seriously guys we’re going to make such a big deal out of this? Maybe his er technique was questionable but I think everyone is making far to big a deal out of it.
Coming to the comments that the play was actually based on his past relationship, he is an asshole, and blah blah. Look OBVIOUSLY he drew from what he went through and what he knows. But to go as far as to insinuate that the whole thing was one big revenge and fuck you to his ex is a ridiculous notion. He drew on what he knew, on what he had seen and used artistic license. Also as far as I was concerned I thought he was very fair in his portrayal of both Matt and Rachell. You see both sides, you may agree with one or both or neither but it is up to you. You see how selfish Matt is at the end and you also see how rachell struggles to take her space. It was fair and balanced.
One major problem I had with the play was that I felt the talent of the leads was unbalanced. Wasaam far outshone Sam and to be very frank I felt a lack of chemistry between the two. This made the kissing slightly awkward and was a bit of distraction, but to be fair Sam fit her role very well and was quite good in her own right. It’s just next to Wasaam she dimmed.
I personally thought it was a well written and directed piece – perhaps it failed in terms of living up to its hype, but it did remind us of a few home truths that we tend to forget. Getting personal in the attacks is kinda silly and to be frank stupid. There are many improvements that could be made, but overall I enjoyed it a great deal and look forward to DarkLights next production.