Un Poyo Rojo is a slight, drawn-out physical show from Argentina

UN POYO ROJO by Luciano Rosso, Nicolas Poggi, Alfonso Baron, Hermes Gaido (Canadian Stage). At the Berkeley Street Theatre (26.


UN POYO ROJO by Luciano Rosso, Nicolas Poggi, Alfonso Baron, Hermes Gaido (Canadian Stage). At the Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley). Runs to October 11. $49-$79. 416-368-3110, canadianstage.com. See listing. Rating: NN

Un Poyo Rojo is a slight physical theatre piece an exercise, really from Argentina padded out to 60 drawn-out minutes.

Luciano Rosso and Nicolas Poggi play two unnamed men in a gym who start out exercising but end up competing for the spotlight and each others attention. A mix of dance, theatre, sports and the particular drama that often goes on in mens locker rooms, the show is less than the sum of its muscled, toned parts.

Of the two, Rosso is the more elegant mover, morphing from ballet dancer to campy runway model to get Poggis attention. Poggi, who excels at acrobatics, seems disinterested, and then annoyed, as his space gets more and more compromised.

Youd think that, in 2019, the idea of a mans face suddenly planted in front of another mans crotch wouldnt be used for easy laughs, but it is, again and again, and the repetitiveness borders on harassment.

One sequence in the middle of the piece shows some imagination. The two men, physically connected in a way that shouldnt be spoiled, improvise to whatevers on the radio (each performance is different). But a follow-up scene involving half a pack of cigarettes merely seems like a party trick.

@glennsumi

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