In a world fueled by denial, prejudice and ostracism, victims of STDs face a very real inner and outer battle with acceptance and inclusion. Literary and theatrical circles that explore the STD milieu need to be applauded, and this praise certainly goes to producers Wayward Theater & Flying V, and playwright Seamus Sullivan. Incurable is an avant garde frolic into the world of STDs, dating, commitment phobia, and the search for identity.
Incurable, not an easy show to direct, is expertly conceptualized, subtextualized, and paced by director Michael Saltzman. The ensemble cast of Mia Branco, Genevieve James, Ben Kingsland, Aviva Pressman, and Seamus Sullivan is terrific. They work together beautifully in creating one coherent whole. The set design by Andrew Berry, simplistic in nature, but nevertheless innovative, allows for the show’s transitions to move flawlessly. The transitions are almost a play within a play. Additionally, costumes designed by Chelsea Kerl definitely enhance the production, as do Wade Tandy’s sound design, and the lighting design of Stephanie P. Freed.
Finally, I commend wordsmith Sullivan, once again. He is a writer full of wit and verve, and his script rocks with self-introspection and guilt. I am moved and haunted by the STD reality — “I’m scared I won’t have sex again… my p***s is a death machine… it is playing chess with death.”
Running time: 75 minutes.
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