Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons
Roundabout @ Summerhall
The title of this play may sound pointlessly repetitive but it makes perfect sense when you see this play, which proved popular at the National Student Drama Festival and Zoo Southside last year.
The two-hander follows Beth Holmes as trainee lawyer Bernadette and musician Oliver played by Euan Kitson from their first meeting following a cat’s funeral service (yes, really).
It takes time to gather that the reason for their incessant counting is a new “hush law”, which enacts a kind of expanded Twitter vision of society.
Rather than 140 characters, people are restricted to 140 words per day. This creates interesting verbal conundrums for the pair. It also exposes differences between them that begin to erode their relationship.
This is a really good idea for a play and works up to a point. However, Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons still feels as if the concept requires further development before it can be fully realized and justify a running time as long as an hour.
Sam Steiner, director Ed Madden and the team at Walrus should pursue this project, as there is potentially something quite special waiting to be unearthed.
Reviewer: Philip Fisher