As Is

Theatre

Drama

Finborough Theatre

Until Sat Aug 31 2013

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Andrea Tierney

The whole gamut of emotions of a gay couple in the midst of a break up is heightened by the admission of one of them that he's Aids positive. As friends and family desert the young man, his gay lover remains loyal to the end. Wonderfully acted lyrical scenes change abruptly into hard hitting ones depicting the atmosphere in gay clubs and bars. The final scene being the hospital, where an Irish nurse with a rough edge to her saintliness gives various accounts of how she and her patients cope during the last stages of illness. Strong supporting characters are the brother of the protagonist, who overcomes his feelings of rejection, reaffirming the bond between them and cousin Lily, desperately trying to make it into films by styling herself as the blonde bombshell.

Andrea Tierney

New York - 1985. 'As Is' is a fast-paced play, energy-laden with six male and two female characters. The whole gamut of emotions of a gay couple in the midst of a break up is heightened by the admission of one of them that he's Aids positive. As friends and family desert the young man, his gay lover remains loyal to the end. Wonderfully acted lyrical scenes change abruptly into hard hitting ones depicting the atmosphere in gay clubs and bars. The final scene being the hospital, where an Irish nurse with a rough edge to her saintliness gives various accounts of how she and her patients cope during the last stages of illness. Strong supporting characters are the brother of the protagonist, who overcomes his feelings of rejection, reaffirming the bond between them and cousin Lily, desperately trying to make it into films by styling herself as the blonde bombshell.