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COUNTER by Maggie N. Razavi at Vault Festival

Performed in the Cage at the Vault Festival, a woman (Rivkah Bunker) runs into a pub late to meet her boyfriend (Max Norman) who’s been waiting and drinking. Where a necessary but uncomfortable conversation will take place. In Counter, a perspective is given by each partner, which is shown by an internal monologue performed in the middle of the conversation very clearly signaled by the lighting change. With obvious differences in upbringings and flaws obvious in both characters, you have a hard time knowing whom to root for in their relationship, which makes it a realistic and intriguing view. Maggie N. Razavi provides a show that is full of comedic and dramatic protentional, but I don’t think it’s quite there yet.

COUNTER by Maggie N. RazaviBunker is witty and the intent behind her performance is clear, but Norman’s performance is not as strong, and his emotional displays can be cringe-worthy. It is unclear if my dissatisfaction with his performance originates from the direction of Razavi, meant to possibly enhance his character, or is just a lacking performance from Norman. Despite this, the plot progression kept me enthralled, but even so, when it ended, I was left with the thought “this is it?”. When advertised as interactive the expectation is that there are quite a few opportunities to interact, and when “Should they stay or should then go? The decision is up to you.” Is stated in the play’s description it seems misleading that the decision really isn’t up to the audience

I saw this play with my boyfriend visiting from America, and he found it quite entertaining and funny. I found it to be both as well, even with my complaints. After leaving the venue, we were talking for quite a while about both characters. But I left just wishing for more than what I saw. The show demonstrates great promise for Razavi, and I love the concept of an interactive relationship drama with complex characters, but I wish this was fully displayed when in Counter it was not.

3 Star Review

Review by Elisabeth Beer

While some things are better left unsaid, some things should never be left unspoken.

A long-term relationship has reached its breaking point. After 10 years together, one party is seemingly all in while the other toys with the idea of starting a new life.

Counter is a new, exciting play with interactive elements where the audience is invited to participate in the dialogue and decision-making of the characters. While they struggle to communicate with each other, the audience gets a glimpse into the demise of the relationship through powerful monologues.

Sat 11th Feb – Sun 12th Feb 2023

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