4/20/2013 9:43 PM
In a bullet-fire barrage of quarreling men is a surprising love story. While Earl and Ed may not end up romantically involved at the end of SOFT CLICK OF A SWITCH, they have a Bonnie and Clyde affair of sorts—full of desperation and violence. The beauty of SOFT CLICK OF A SWITCH lies in its elegant surprises. Disembodied voices play the rest of the world throughout. The apartment next door is filling with light and the walls are bending, but all we can see is two lonely men. Both on the outskirts of all things, both seized with a sort of emotional paralysis, Lewis articulates these characters’ lives by highlighting their loneliness. Rather than being thrown into a world that we can see and understand, we see only the uneasiness of Earl and Ed. We learn to love their interest in each other, as off-kilter and misinformed as it is. We leave the play wanting to have reached out to them. If only they had had companions outside of each other, perhaps their thirst for violence would have gone unquenched. But through the simplicity of the storytelling, we want them to keep each other company in this play’s eerie world. We become as tense as they are as their discomfort unfolds into sex, crime, and paranormal meandering. We are cheerleaders for their unusual and desperate near-romance.