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]