“You’ve made your bed, now lie in it.” Though clichéd, what better way to describe Sam Moore’s Unmade Beds, a play about self-reflection and the repercussions of the past? The morning after a one-night stand, Nick (Joel Stanley) and Carol (Caroline Dehn) find themselves staying and talking to each other instead of hastily saying their goodbyes. Carol is cynical about love and a bit rough around the edges, while Nick is relatively naïve and more of a romantic at heart, but despite their differences, they somehow can’t bring themselves to leave. Sharing personal stories brings their most intimate fears to the surface and forces them to confront their pasts.
The Burton Taylor Studio is perfect for a play dealing with such intimate issues because its small size lends itself to a simple set— in this case, just a couch, a table, and a messy filing cabinet. Similarly, the lighting was very consistent throughout (one dramatic lighting change notwithstanding). Without many bells and whistles in terms of set design, the audience had no choice but to focus on the actors and their dialogue.
Playwright Sam Moore should be commended for this piece of new writing that accurately portrays the inner thoughts of young adults still trying to understand themselves. Although the conversation felt awkward and a bit repetitive at times, perhaps that made it even more realistic, given the circumstances – even after spending the night together, the two characters are still little more than strangers, after all.
Although Unmade Beds definitely has room for improvement, it is a strong showing whose best aspects are its universal themes. More than a play about sex, it is about coming to terms with the past and the transition to adulthood. No matter how many regrets and insecurities we harbour, Unmade Beds suggests that we can find comfort in unexpected places and that the future can still be hopeful.