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ED2012 Musicals Review: Some Small Love Story (Hartshorn-Hook Productions)

ED2012 4/5 Reviews ED2012 Musical Reviews

Cast list aside, there was nothing small in this particular love story. In an instant, this spectator found herself utterly enchanted by the romantic adventures of Grandmother, Grandfather; and Mr and Mrs New Year’s Eve, represented by a four-person ensemble. This engaging quartet invited each audience member to hop aboard the Love Story express – destination: separation. From the meet-cute butterflies to the soul-destroying grief at the death of a partner, heart-wrenching performances compelled us, for a sixty-minute moment, to care. Musical interludes, though superbly performed by pianist and players, seemed somehow intrusive, superfluous. Sentimental it may sound, but the only music I needed to hear was already there, in the dialogue; the core-shaking “I’ve never loved like this before”.

C nova, 2-27 Aug (not 13), 7.45pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Christy Brown]

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