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satire or mirror?,
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This review is from: My Night with Reg (Paperback)
`The first worthwhile British AIDS play, said the drama lecturer in our group. `An excellent commentary on the trauma caused by the advent of AIDS,' said another. One character obsessively checks his body every day for any sign of a lesion. There's a nice balance of wit and darkness, nice little twists among its dark humour. Not everyone liked it, however. `If went through my brain like a sieve. I didn't take anything away.' Maybe it's better in production and has less impact in print.
To what extent does it satirise gay men? Or is it holding up a mirror. Endless small-talk about new gadgets, conservatories and plants as an avoidance of the fact that someone has just died.
There's an amusing take on air-stewards, with their `false tans, false smiles, wiggling their bottoms in everyone's face.' Quite consoling for a friend who has just broken up with one.
There's also bad taste: `an hotel that made Treblinka seem like paradise.'
But what was Reg really like?