Review: MY NIGHT WITH REG at the Panasonic Theatre

By: Feb. 16, 2017
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A co-production between Mirvish Productions and Studio 180 - My Night With Reg, by Kevin Elyot, is the latest play to grace the stage of the Panasonic Theatre as part of the off-Mirvish season.

The play begins during the house warming party of Guy - who has invited some of his school friends to a dinner of sorts. Guy is surprised that his reclusive friend Joh, with whom he has long been in love, has come to the party.

However, John reveals he has been having an affair with the partner of another one of their friends, Reg. Soon we learn that nearly everyone at the party has slept with Reg - except the mostly celibate Guy.

The comedy is set during the height of the AIDS crisis, which plays a pivotal role in the action.

Jonathan Wilson stars as Guy and truly encompasses the awkward role. Gray Powell plays the handsome but constantly dishevelled John. Alex Furber plays the incredibly charming but naive young stud, Eric. The cast is rounded out by Tim Funnell, Martin Happer, and Jeff Miller.

The production is aptly directed by Joel Greenberg, though some moments could use clarifying direction including time jumps which could be indicated using changes in the setting, costuming, and other production aspects which appear to have been overlooked.

Overall, My Night With Reg is a fun night of dry British wit and gay drama. The production is on the stage through February 26th at the Panasonic Theatre.

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