Yearning and haunting have much in common.
Matthew Stepanic’s The
Entangled in a classic blue IKEA bed-spread after a successful Grindr hook-up, ‘One’ (Austin White) and ‘Two’ (Landon Nesbitt) awaken in a stir at
Anonymity is the sacred tool that allows people to float in and out of each others’ lives, without ramifications, like apparitions. When that anonymity is lost and someone becomes a physical entity, their loss in one’s life becomes much like a death. Perhaps the natural consequence of One and Two’s breach of the unspoken is that they will now be part of each other’s growing collection of hauntings.
The 3AM Subtext’s queer foundation adds an extra emotional depth to the production. Far too often are queer people socialized to believe that to wish for intimacy is a certain invitation of the pain, of the unknowable and of the strange. This resonated very deeply with me — because, at the end of the day, we still ought to reach towards that unknown.
I left Stepanic’s production with a particular conviction — I’m not unfamiliar with ghosting people, but I think that from this point forward I will think twice.