Tonsil hockey, pecking, sucking face, tongue wrestling, snogging (in Harry Potter terms), or just good ol’ making out – whatever the nickname, the meeting of two sets of human lips is the central and most-repeated action of Sarah Ruhl’s Stage Kiss. Sometimes barely touching a cheek, sometimes a thwarted attempt embarrassingly missing target, but most often involving long encounters with sound effects and lots of tongue, lips play a big role as actors playing actors rehearse and perform plays within a play. In City Lights Theater Company’s current production of Stage Kiss, the boundaries between what is real and what is acted fade away as called-for kisses take on lives of their own and as the real life portrayed is no less ridiculous and often just as bizarre as the silly, poorly written plays its actors find themselves as cast members.
For my full review, please proceed to Talkin’ Broadway: https://www.talkinbroadway.com/page/regional/sanjose/sj187.html.
Rating: 3 E
Stage Kiss continues through February 16, 2020 at City Lights Theater Company, 529 South Second Street, San Jose. Tickets are available online at https://cltc.org/ or by calling 408-295-4200 Monday – Friday, 1-5 p.m.
Photo Credit: Taylor Sanders