I finally finished “No Exit” after starting it almost a year ago. It’s a short play in writing and in performance. I read a little bit first, gave up, then read a bit more, gave up, then watched a video of it, gave up, before finally completing it today. The problem is it is too distressing to watch the three being condemned in this hell of psychological mutual torture. I can’t help imagining what will happen if these three, instead of staying in hell with no exit for the rest of their deathly existence, are forced to stay together to finish a project. It won’t be so bad because after the project they will be able to stop plaguing each other and separate. The thought of eternity makes all the difference here. The thought of their powerlessness in quitting such an environment is depressing.
I am just wondering is there a way that the three of them change their behavior pattern–for example staring at their own iPhone instead of talking to each other–so that they can get along better without mutual infliction? Surely this is not what the author intended. Many relationships go through the phase of “no exit” until they finally end when something more forceful happen. Suddenly the exit is revealed. This will not happen in this play since this is in hell and nothing will happen. They can’t even kill themselves to voluntarily end it. Isn’t it utterly hopeless when one can’t even stab oneself with a knife?