Camden Fringe: Puttana, Etcetera Theatre / Hen & Chickens Theatre - ★★★☆☆ - Until August 25, 2019


In "Puttana" a gay man explores his challenges of sex addiction, anorexia, the fear of disease and the sense of aging. We watch him try to excorise his demons as he goes from a quiet life in Finland to the fast pace gay whirlwind that is Milan and New York. He pursues his dreams of being a model and finds himself in some harrowing situations. He strives to be honest with himself and to come to terms with the experiences that are thrust upon him and the chaos of his own making. The problem we had with this work was that while it often seemed to be a powerful expression of raw experience, in order for it to be fully successful as a dramatic work it required both more distance and more shaping. There is much that is both challenging and engaging in Oskar Hartman's performance and the recounting of his story; indeed, the fearless and brutal honesty displayed here is often riveting.

Reviewed by J.C.

 Our Score:  ☆☆☆★★ 

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WHEN, WHERE, GETTING THERE:

August 19 - 2:30 pm, August 20 - 4:30 pm
Etcetera Theatre
Nearest tube: Camden Town
https://www.camdenfringe.com/show.php?acts_id=2663

August 24 - 3 pm, August 25 - 4:30 pm
Hen & Chickens
Nearest tube: Highbury & Islington
https://camdenfringe.com/show.php?acts_id=2687

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