Now this should be a treat. Lucy Prebble’s 2012 play, which debuted at the National, gets a return visit in a revival by Jamie Lloyd with Taylor Russell and Paapa Essiedu as Connie and Tristan, two strangers taking part in a paid clinical trial of an unlicensed new anti-depressant. Soon Connie and Tristan—who do not have depression—are falling for each other. That leads the trial director to muse that maybe they have discovered "a Viagra of the heart." So, are the feelings that Connie and Tristan have for each other real or just an unexpected side effect of the drug they are taking? This is such an entertaining play, and it's knotty as hell too, so it's very, very satisfying.
Who I am Is not A side effect. Hearts and minds racing, Connie and Tristan are falling for each other fast. But is their sudden and intoxicating chemistry real, or a side effect of a new antidepressant? As two young volunteers in a clinical drug trial, their illicit romance poses startling dilemmas for the supervising doctors. Jamie Lloyd (Cyrano de Bergerac) directs Lucy Prebble’s (Succession) funny and intimate examination of love and ethics.