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Love Is.

ensemble theatre · bad back productions · Ages 14+ · world premiere · United Kingdom

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Review by ROSS MCDONAGH

June 24, 2014

My overall impression

As this was my first show of this year’s festival, I expected some of the amateurishness one can encounter in fringe plays… you will not find that here. ‘Love Is’ is a tight, professional production that belies the fact it is the writer and director’s debut effort. The play deals with the most taboo of subjects, yet is never patronizing or preachy – it just tells a raw, emotionally-charged story straight without taking sides, while the audience is transformed to uncomfortable voyeurs. The performances are solid, the dialogue authentic, the characters believable. My only two complaints are I would have liked to see more of the John character and the criminally underused actor who plays him; and that awful, awful full stop in the title.

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