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City Love (Illuminate Productions / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Sunday 27 August 2017

People don’t dare to make eye contact on the tube, because god forbid we actually make a genuine human connection with a stranger, so it’s a wonder anyone actually manages to find love in twenty-first century urban environments. But in ‘City Love’, rather miraculously, two London professionals meet on the night bus and hit it off. The writing is self-aware, and certainly doesn’t glorify relationships, instead examining them with an honest, humorous approach. Both the writing and performances really do shine in places, but the promising premise soon veers into classic rom-com territory. It’s a shame: it feels like there’s the potential for this production to make some really interesting points but, ultimately, it just becomes another slightly bland, generic love story.

Bourbon Bar, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Amy Bonar]