Crimes and Misdemeanours. "Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love" by Brad Fraser State Theatre. "Speaking in Tongues" by Andrew Bovell. Griffin Theatre Company. [review]
Bramwell, Murray Ross
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Love and Human Remains, as the play was retitled in Fraser's own film adaptation, is a canny blend of soapie, crime thriller and young singles sitcom. In State Theatre's mainstage version, director Rosalba Clemente and designer Robert Kemp highlight the alienation of these under- thirtysomethings by locating them as if in separate capsules within an abstracted three storey apartment facade. Andrew Bovell's play examines aspects of relationship which are usually either avoided or treated with flippancy. His intertwining narratives and dramatic repetitions are creditable strategies for delving the secrets, lies, crimes and misdemeanours that darken many a suburban heart. Bovell's play is based around a version of six degrees of separation. A man meets a woman in a bar and they embark on an affair unaware that their partners are doing the same. Speaking in Tongues deals in the most extreme form of coincidence, it is like karma, or relentless fate.