Three Weeks

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The Housewife or the Whore? Lilith was Adam's first wife, but she refused to
submit to him and buggered off with Satan instead. Then Eve came along and
always had dinner on the table on time. The rest is history. This is a show
about men and their eternal struggle with their desires for the woman they
want and the woman they should want - written by men for men and especially
men who read Anne Rice novels. So expect quite a bit of nude gyrating from
the girls, although there is a fair share of male dangling parts too. It's a
very interesting topic and will have you thinking all the way home - about
theology, gender issues and fishnet body stockings.



Lilith, the first wife of Adam, according to some is personified as the wild side of woman, an antithesis to Eve, the earth mother and dutiful wife.
In this play by Andy McQuade and Victor Sobchak, the refusal of Lilith, Dominique Panell, to be subservient to Adam, Corin Rhys Jones, and the consequential destruction of their relationship, the introduction of Eve, Nika Khitova, and the subsequent eating of the forbidden fruit and expulsion from Eden is covered in the first part of the play.
Lilith is later portrayed working for Satan, Sal Esen, in an exotic cabaret bar and with artiste, Marilyn, Gier Kjelland, is the temptation to mankind. Can special guests Adam and Eva cope?
This play, due to the subject matter, does contain nudity that is totally in context. If this is likely to offend you, perhaps you see others of this companies extensive repertoire.



Ritchie Smith.

This is very much a spirit of the Fringe production, raised to partial excellence by the central performance of Dominique Pannell in the title role.

Lilith, for those of you who don't remember, was Adam's first wife, depicted here as a wild free spirit 'in the Devil's circus' who in orgasm will scream 'the secret name of God'. Charismatic, sexually predatory Lilith is dark of hair and dark of soul. Domestic, simpering Eve is a dumb blonde.

The opening effects are fine, with dark atmospheric music and a nice stage effect of the cast emerging from embryo. The sound and physical- theatre aspects of this production are excellent. Even stage nudity, so difficult to integrate, works well in the late-night bohemian context of the former Odeon (now C Electric). The performances were variable, but the actual words were the real let-down.

Though this production does try to say something uncompromising and raw about sexuality, you do need to have a script with more original and profound ideas than (I quote) 'All men are bastards'. The dialogue, in fact, is generally clumsy and overblown, and as a writer myself I wanted to give the script a damn good shaking. The story moves with ease to a seedy lap-dancing club, but the trite speeches here failed to convince and the drag-act parody of Marilyn Monroe seemed to have strayed out of burlesque.

However, there are some excellent visual and sound effects, and Dominique Pannell - who I would presume is a trained dancer - is a compelling stage presence both as dancer and actress.
©Ritchie Smith 10 August 2005 - Published on