No Strings Attached: In brief
After a successful debut at last year's Left Out festival, Manuel Igrejas's drama—about a sexy waiter who tests the happiness of a longtime gay couple—returns for a longer run, directed by Robert Teague.
No Strings Attached: Theater review by Christopher Kompanek
Taking its name from the ubiquitous phrase uttered before anonymous hookups, Manuel Igrejas’s well-meaning but shabbily constructed rom-dramedy attempts to examine the virtue of monogamy in a decade-long relationship ignited by a corny joke at a fetish shop. Arduous direct address and awkward breaking of the fourth wall quickly swallow the play and its vaguely central couple: nice, bland and middle-aged Monty (Casey Burden) and bad boy-lite Luis (Afrim Gjonbalaj), who’s tall, dark and Latin, with a brooding personality to match (think Richie from Looking but shallower).
These two have been on a long and winding road to get “gay married, ” the former sprinting down the aisle, the latter walking cautiously behind and taking frequent detours into the bed of former Albanian porn star Stephan (Kevin Perez), who Monty just happens to fantasize about…and hire to cater a company function…and befriend. The love triangle soon blurs into a circle before breaking into individual lines and fading away without much fanfare.—Theater review by Christopher Kompanek
THE BOTTOM LINE Contrivances weigh down this summer fling.