It has become an event to see a Thomas Bradshaw play . This avid theatergoer attends his work in a state of anxious anticipation expecting be shocked.
“Fulfillment” is one of his most accessible works. The plot is a fairly conventional story of an alcoholic lawyer Michael (Gbenga Akinnagbe), a black lawyer who’s yet to make partner after so many years at his firm. He hasn’t gotten the partnership maybe because he’s black, or because he drinks? With the help of his colleague and girlfriend, Sarah (Susannah Flood), Michael’s able to get sober, problem one solved but he can’t do much about his skin color. Another problem is his obnoxiously loud upstairs neighbor, Ted (Jeff Biehl).
As usual, it is an enjoyable evening. The plot is simpler but the loopholes in the plot is also glaring that can distract suspending your disbelief on what the characters will do next. Michael invests in an expensive apartment in SoHo ($1.5 million for 752 square feet) , I can understand him hearing the footsteps and all from the neighbor upstairs but for them to be shouting at each other through the floor is just unbelievable. Won’t the next door neighbor hear it more than the one living upstairs? And if it’s a SOHO apartment and that expensive, I’ll expect that it is a high ceiling apartment. Not possible for the upstairs neighbor to hear Michael’s sex talk underneath him.
And as a lawyer, doesn’t Michael have the sense not to force himself in his neighbor’s apartment? Of all people he should be the first one to know he could get sued!
But “Fulfillment” is still engaging and unsettling because Bradshaw does not make Michael a blameless victim.
Bradshaw doesn’t disappoint in the nudity part. This production shows extensive acts of simulated copulation. But there’s nothing here to elicit gasps except when the audience saw Akkinagbe’s huge long black cock. He can definitely rival so may porn stars! It is thick and long. I was actually wondering if it is a prosthetic penis. Even though the lighting is dim, Akkinagbe showed his or the cock fully for more than a minute while he was tapping his neighbor’s floor. So is it really a prosthetic or he is just really well endowed. Maybe the other readers of this blog can give their opinions. As reported by Mlo before Akkinagbe has a previous scene where he was jerking his cock but because of his shirt we don’t really see it, )I sat at the audience right but due to the dim lighting and his shirt it’s really hard to see. And this is why I was wondering if his cock was a prosthesis because if iit is that long, hoe come I didn’t see it when he was jerking his cock even if he has a long short on? He has such a nice muscular body and his ass is big and firm!
If you want to see Christian Conn (Michael’s best friend) naked, you have to sit more in Audience left. From where I was sitting audience right I was only able to see his balls and pubes as Susannah was bouncing on top of him. He has a smooth ass, smooth dad bod which I like.
I will give this a NUDITY RATING of 5 (if Akkinagbe’s cock is not a prosthetic penis!)
By Thomas Bradshaw; directed by Ethan McSweeny. Presented by the Flea Theater. At the Flea Theater, 41 White Street, TriBeCa; 866-811-4111, theflea.org. Through Oct. 19. Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes.
WITH: Otoja Abit (Delroy), Gbenga Akinnagbe (Michael), Jeff Biehl (Ted/Leonard), Christian Conn (Simon), Denny Dillon (Bob/Agent/Waiter), Susannah Flood (Sarah) and Peter McCabe (Mark).