Review by Maree Paliouras
“Vibe Check” (written by Greta Doell and directed by Stephanie Lee) is an hour long two-handed theatrical depiction of the awkward beginnings of a new relationship that we are all far too familiar with. It introduces Beth and Harry, and shows them as they get to know one another and work their way through a quickly progressing casual relationship.
But as love rarely is that simple, it’s also a depiction of the complexities and chaos that goes along with dating.
All this action and hilariarity cultiminates in a striking although not quite unexpected ending which, without giving too much away, is a true raw depiction of life and love. After all the proceedings of the play, to end it in such a way is such a clever choice that leaves exactly the right effect on the audience.
All in all, the play is moving, honest, and hilarious all at the same time.
This extremely well-written play with an incredible plot, and incredible direction is perfected by the hard work of its two actors.
To create an interesting and well performed two-hander is something to be truly commended and something that the plays stars, Freya Patience and Oscar Morphew, deserve major props for. The chemistry and energy between the two is a true testimony of the work put into their roles. Watching the progression of the depiction of their relationship on the stage felt like organically watching two people fall for each other.
And that’s just a comment on how the actors work together - the talent possessed and portrayed by each individual was incredible.
Freya Patience depicts a nervous and slightly awkward Beth. Patience’s portrayal of her character is extremely well done and enjoyable to watch - from her voice down to her expression, she is fully committed to being Beth and does not let this commitment stray. Her stage partner, Oscar Morphew, portrays Harry. His character is a bit more blunt and self assured but Morphew’s sweet depiction of this character makes it difficult not to love him. Both actors know their roles incredibly well and stay in character from head to toe throughout the play - the way they seem so at ease in these roles deserves praise.
The simplicity of the production also helps make it so believable and realistic. With minimal costume changes, a simple lighting and sound design, practically no set changes, and at least one actor being on the stage at all times, it truly feels as though the audience is just inhabiting the same space as the characters - making it even more relatable and intimate. The plays current home at The Butterfly Club also makes for the perfect venue for such a show as the small and homely theatre matches the vibes and intention of the show perfectly - completing the experience and really helping to make it the amazing show that it is.
Its current season runs until Saturday the 23rd of July and this hilarious but touching story is truly worth going to see - though I predict (and hope) this season won’t be the end for such a wonderful show.