Rules of Desire
By Andrew Andrews
- The first two-thirds of the story are too serious to make this feel like a comedy, but too awkward to feel like a drama. This uncertainty really troubled me, until the plot finally solidified and redeemed itself in the end.
- The set, sound and lighting design are much better than most shows I’ve attended in this space. However, combined with the $59 ticket price, this also increased my expectation for a certain level of overall quality that the lack of congruity and the “close enough” approach to costumes failed to supply.
- Felicia’s claim that she ran away with Matt to avoid being placed into a foster home identifies her as a minor, making the sexually-explicit context even more disturbing.
- For most of the story it appears that Felicia and Stone are clearly the protagonist and antagonist, respectively. By the final scene, however, the distinction is not so clear.
While my partner enjoyed the originality of this story, I can’t help but feel it needs more time in the workshop—or perhaps a different treatment from another director—to raise Rules of Desire from a semi-dramatic commentary on sexual abuse in the military to a production worthy of a twenty-one gun salute.
Andrew Andrews attended Rules of Desire at Playroom Theater in New York on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 7:30pm to write this review.