On May 29, 2012, I saw a great piece of theatre called "Cock," by Mike Bartlett. "Cock" is a very timely and thought provoking play about relationships, truth, self-discovery, and self-worth. "Cock" centers on the events that occur when "John," played wonderfully by Cory Michael Smith and his boyfriend, "M," played delightfully by Jason Butler Harner, take a break and "John" unexpectedly meets the woman of his dreams, "W," greatly played by Amanda Quaid. As "F," played well by Cotter Smith, enters the equation, decisions are made, lives are changed, and truths are revealed!
There are many aspects of "Cock," that made this show so intriguing. For starters, the text is so rich that it really made me think about my own life with regards to relationships and my own personal truths and self-worth. I constantly thought, "What would I do in these characters shoes? Would I make these same decisions? Would I have the courage to make different ones?" I'd like to say that I know what I'd do now, but who really knows what decisions would be made when in a specific situation.
Another aspect of "Cock," that I loved was the set-design and staging. The theatre is set-up like you're in a stadium, which made me feel very integrated to the show, especially with how the actors use the space alloted to them. The intimacy of the theatre adds so much to this show's story. It truly made me fell as though I was part of these characters lives.
Finally, I loved how "silence" was used so much throughout. I think everyone deserves to be applauded for including this key element to the show and for using it so well. Sometimes, silence can be the most powerful response.
If you are looking for a show that will challenge you, move you, and hopefully inspire you, then I highly suggest checking out "Cock" at The Duke on 42nd Street in NYC (229 West 42nd Street, between 7th & 8th Avenue)! Click here for tickets and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter!