Theatre Review: Almost Human
Title: Almost Human
Author: Robert Rigby
Name of Company: Lynx Theatre Company
Venue: Performance Studio, TMHS
Comedy, Tragedy, History, Absurd, Documentary, Physical Theatre, Melodrama, Naturalism, Realism
The main idea of the play is that monkeys are almost human. The play presents the idea of people who love animals, but these characters feel that killing and hurting animals is acceptable – so are shown to be hypocritical.
The play tells the story of a monkey. He is in the jungle and is about to be shot. He is saved by a woman of the circus, who names the monkey Tarzan. She trains him to do the tricks, but ends up beating him to do the stunts. At a show, the trainer pushes Tarzan too far, and he falls and hurts his leg. He is unable to do shows now, so the Zoo buys him. At the zoo, he is supposed to mate, but he scares the customers. Tarzan is then bought by an animal acting company. His first job is for an advert. Each take, he does something wrong, and eventually scares the actress and causes a fight. He is then sold to a laboratory, where he is tested on. One of the scientists feels guilty, and ends his life.