The About Love: A Festival of Short Plays by Tomo Suru Players is a nice way to spend an evening. A perfect adventure for the novice as well as veteran theatre goer alike. At 10 minutes a piece you don’t commit a lot of time to any one performance so if one doesn’t capture you there’s a good chance the next one may. However I didn’t feel there were any duds in this selection of 9 short plays in either writing, directing or acting. Granted there were varying levels of engagement but all were very convincing and compelling (I couldn’t resist). And although all the plays had to represent love in some fashion, they weren’t all about romantic love and touched on such a wide variety of themes as well as varied in tone - some more comedic and some more serious.
No major warnings here.. some strong language, some LBGTQ content as well as references to abuse but overall it’s a light evening with some inventive works and solid performances which I’d be surprised if anyone didn’t enjoy to some extent. Thanks to Tomo Suru for creating these opportunities for playwrights, directors, actors and audiences.
About Love: A Festival of Short Plays by Tomo Suru Players is playing at the Havana Theatre until 25 November 2018. Tickets at: http://www.tomosuruplayers.com/about-love-festival
~ reviewed by Karen Roller
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