REVIEW: Lemon

A fast-paced yet touching study of a young family learning to speak to each other about sex.

By Ben Blyth

Brayden O’Boyle’s entertaining new play, Lemon, is a fast-paced yet touching study of a young family learning to speak to each other about sex. CJ (Ciorstaidh Reid) is twelve and beginning to pose certain questions to his mother, Wendy (Marissa Gell). Recently divorced from CJ’s father, Wendy is embarking on a new sexual journey of her own and struggles to handle her son’s curiously specific lines of sexual enquiry.

The hijinks kick off when, in search of answers, CJ unlocks the parental controls of their ‘live-in’ AI system Mya (a pitch-perfect Sable Billings-Boltz). What follows is a delicately written series of interweaving plots from an exciting playwright, that pivot around fan fiction for Wendy and CJ’s favourite book: Tales of Eternia. There are a few projection issues among the cast, so sitting at the front is encouraged. That aside, Lemon is a rambunctious hour of farcical fun that never loses its charm.

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