If this was at all confusing - I don't mean it to be. It should be very clear to even the most inattentive theatergoer what's going on. The unspoken. Secrets. Untold facts. Who is really talking to whom in life? Do we see what is going on or do we just see what we want? Clearly Kevin Elyot has a firm opinion on this. Mouth to Mouth is both a figurative title (whether my mouth or yours, words sometimes flow and sometimes don't - and we often don't want to listen to what we hear) as well
as a physical meaning in this plot - It seems that (among other frolicking that followed) Frank saved Philip from drowning at the lake by giving him mouth to mouth resuscitation.
Outstanding performances by Lisa Emery (Laura) and David Cale (Frank). The sheer innocence of Christopher Abbott (Philip) is priceless, genuine, and brilliantly captured by Director, Mark Browkaw. Brilliant subtleties, such as a Philip emerging in his first scene shirtless tantalizes the audience and offers up the question of his sexuality. Laura scolds her son for smoking in a photograph. And yet the opening and closing scene we find her indulging. Never spoken. Did we hear a passing comment about when Laura and Roger met so long ago? It rings in our ears in the penultimate scene between them again.
Bravo, New Group. A fine evening of theatre, indeed.