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What They Said About Love

solo performance · steve budd presents · Ages 13+ · one person show · United States of America

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Review by LAUREN GRAHAM

June 17, 2017 certified reviewer

What I liked

I enjoyed the deeply-developed characters who sculpted the uniqueness of each relationship. There was a playfulness between the husbands and wives that invited laughter from the audience between their words. It was a pleasure watching Steve Budd morph into his characters so believably and entertaining.

What I didn't like

The lighting was helpful in changing from one couple to the other and back to Steve as he explored his new love interest. But it wasn’t quite enough to keep from getting a little confused at times. I would suggest incorporating other visual cues or sharpening the lighting effects. Maybe use different kinds of chairs for each couple.
Questions: Were the couples Steve was interviewing in the play actually ones he interviewed to write the play?

My overall impression

To take a broad and complex topic such as love and break it down into a 60-minute one-man show is an incredible feat. Every character spoke to my fears and hopes of finding love. It was insightful, full of tender moments and exposed the absurdity that we can make an accurate list of what form he or she will appear. The play gave me another tilt of the mind that may lead my heart in another direction. To date or not to date is the question?

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