At the bar in the big white tent at Fringe Central, there is a Feeling Feeling cocktail with vodka (lots of vodka), strawberry puree, sprite, and a very important lemon wedge, so I was very happy when I sat down to watch Feeling Feeling.
As we come into the theatre, we cross the stage where a blonde lady is couch dancing to Beyonce and Cher power ballads. We are definitely in a modern happy space.
The play itself is a dark romantic comedy that traces a couple (Darla and Dave) from Oregon to Los Angeles over four Olympic games. Darla feels too much, so she gets a chip implanted in the back of her neck to make her less dependent on her emotions. Dave goes into therapy to feel more or perhaps feel better. They break up, they get back tog...
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Review by Pauline Adamek.
"Feeling Feeling" is a slightly futuristic story about two couples, written and directed by Sarah Doyle.
First seen bopping away enthusiastically to dance music, vivacious Darla (Kendall Carroll) is generally cheerful until the slightest misfortune reduces her to floods of tears. Her slightly Neanderthal boyfriend Dave (Jonny Loquasto) doesn’t really get what sets her off, and doesn’t seem to care. His various sports injuries also inhibit their sex life, which bothers him less than it does Darla.
Although they seem into each other, Darla insists Dave go to therapy to learn how to feel and, in turn, gets a chip implanted in the back of her...