Mart Crowley’s grip of the homosexual psyche is superb. In For Reasons That Remain Unclear he has at the centre of the story a terrific game of cat and mouse between the two lead characters which builds to such a crescendo of rage, anger and relief of anxiety that the result is captivating and very memorable theatre.
This is a chic and very stylish production directed by Jessica Lazar. With a panache and flair she gets performances out of her actors – the delectable and very distinguished Simon Haines as Patrick and the wonderful Corey Petersen as Conrad – that are as smooth as velvet; and with cheeky support by Daniele Alan-Carter as the waiter, this one act play is perfectly cast.
Patrick works for a movie company and is in Rome working on a film. Conrad, a Catholic priest, is exploring the wonders of the Italian capital because of the Vatican and his strong commitment to his faith. They meet on a street and Patrick invites Conrad back to the very luxurious Hassler Roma Hotel, and then the ‘games’ begin.
Crowley examines the hypocrisy of Hollywood; your life can be like a movie if you want it to be. As with Boys in the Band Crowley includes some fabulous one liners, pure ‘zingers’ that come easily to him as a writer. This is hot under the collar stuff with Haines exuding a sexual energy that is provocative and powerful. This is a vivid and vivacious night of theatre. It’s simply breathtaking. A terrific centrepiece of the current Queer Season at the King’s Head. A must see.
Photos: Alex Brenner