Month: January 2014

Riding in Cars with (mostly straight) boys at The Basement Theatre car park

Riding in Cars with (Mostly Straight) Boys. Sam Brooks. 6 – 15 Feb. The Basement Theatre car park. As the title would suggest, Riding in Cars with (Mostly Straight) Boys (written and directed by Sam Brooks) revolves around a car and its passengers, namely Kyle (our protagonist) and his slew of unattainable crushes (the ‘mostly straight boys’). Kyle is stuck on his learner’s license and the boys who will only ever give him a ride home. The action takes place in The Basement Theatre car park (the Wellington season will see Te Papa’s waterfront walkway put to good use), with the audience clustered around the car, eagerly hanging onto every last witticism and cringe-worthy confession. Brooks’ script moves at 100 kph, gliding effortlessly between the lanes of heart-wrenching drama and laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, never losing any poignancy in the journey. The decision to centre the action on the dialogue between driver and passenger gives us insight into Kyle’s world of falling for the unattainable in a way that will strike a universal chord among audiences, …