Studies for a Portrait
This event has now finished. Until Feb 1 2009
Time Out says
Julian, one of the leading US artists of the late twentieth century, is dying. His younger partner, Chad, is committed to caring for him, as well as to fulfilling his new role as president of the painter's posthumous foundation. But all of these fresh duties mean that Chad suddenly has less time (and sexual energy) to spend on his own younger boyfriend, Justin, an economics grad and underwear model. Daniel Reitz's wordy chamber drama, a latter-day heir to Coward's 'Design for Living', begins slowly but accrues impressive emotional power, providing an acerbic and moving portrait of an unconventional ménage à trois or quatre or even cinq. It's not easy to suggest the high life in the back room of the White Bear. In Adam Spreadbury-Maher's engrossing, well-acted production, Reitz's characters quaff vintage Pétrus as they sit, oddly but not unevocatively, in the midst of Sophie Mosberger's splodgy, abstract expressionist set design.