HotelMotel: Get a Room!
Most people check into hotels seeking R&R, but you wont feel rejuvenated after a stay at HotelMotel, the Amoralists disturbing double-feature. Derek Ahonens Pink Knees on Pale Skin and Adam Rapps Animals and Plants are staged in a small room at the Gershwin Hotel. This proximity helps: Both plays, though unevenly written, are grotesquely amusing at close range.
Pink Knees features relatively few of Ahonens lurid trademarks (no cannibals or lesbian stereotypes here!). Gathered around a bed, we observe Dr. Sarah Bauer, orgy counselor, who repairs two maimed marriagesthen discovers that her own union is irreparably screwed-up too. (Unsurprising, since she makes her husband hide under the bed, naked, then leap out and service her clients.) A high-decibel, low-taste ending ensuestoo bad, since Pink Knees could have otherwise been an entertaining sex farce.
In Animals and Plants, two drug runners hunker in a taxidermy-bedecked motel room during a blizzard. They ponder humanitys relationship to other species, revel in personal idiosyncrasiesone brandishes 10-dollar words, the other sticks objects down his pantsand meet a forlorn hippie and her frightening fur-clad husband. The grisly climax that follows (and some pseudoNative American undertones) feel clichéd. But Rapps bumbling criminals are attention-worthyas long as you dont have to spend the night.
HotelMotel: Pink Knees on Pale Skin by Derek Ahonen Animals and Plants by Adam Rapp The Gershwin Hotel 7 East 27th Street 212-868-4444, theamoralists.com
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