The Architect And The Emperor Of Assyria, Stuck Pigs Squealing Theatre’s campy offering for the cultural festival, is a jarring and largely unsatisfying night at the theatre.

The absurdist play by Fernando Arrabal may invite a gay reading, with a Crusoe/Friday relationship smattered with hints of a sexual co-dependency and even S&M. But the camp style immediately sets up expectations of a certain type of comedy, which the text of this absurdist play simply does not possess.

The performances are accomplished, but the entire experience is a bit like watching a 3-D movie without the red/green glasses.

The Architect And The Emperor Of Assyria continues until 10 November at the Belvoir Street Theatre (Downstairs), 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills. Phone 9699 3444 for bookings.

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