College roommates Noah and Jake take the at-home HIV test LIVE over the internet, but are they prepared for the results?
Starring Ben Chamravi and Liam Bobersky. Directed by Ellen Rosenberg.
Review on TheaterScene.net (April 24, 2016)
The play takes place in Jake and Noah’s dorm room, in current day central Manhattan. The set consisted of only a table and a chair, set center stage, as Jake encircled Noah and his webcam throughout the play. The stage was wonderfully lit and because of the strong acting, direction and clever dialogue, the actors and their minimal props were all we needed to enjoy and interpret this well produced serio-comic play.
The simple staging also gave emphasis to this unique push and pull relationship between these two young men and the overall tone of the play. The story as well as Jake’s continuous pretentious commentary made me identify that there was a specific reason behind Jake’s intentions to be seen as this cool and confident man, while Noah is made out by Jake to be this hopeless, “more than likely” to be positive “fag”, when in reality Jake is actually the one who is hopeless and insecure.
Jake’s finest moment may be a silent one, as in the final several minutes of the performance he and Noah share an uneasy moment where Jake stares at Noah trying to make sense of his current situation. They stand still and as Jake realizes Noah’s reaction is genuine, he panics and attacks Noah, helplessly pushing him and screaming at him to turn the webcam off. But what I most connected to was Jake finally realizing the truth of his situation and his existence; that he truly throws his insecurities onto Noah; that he truly isn’t a macho womanizer, that he is truly a human being.