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City Love (Old Joint Stock Theatre / Illuminate Theatre Company)

By | Published on Wednesday 15 August 2018

‘City Love’ is a deftly choreographed two-hander, set in the traverse of an intimate studio theatre. It tells the tale of two twenty-something London workers who fall in love. In this respect, it is a fairly straightforward boy meets girl story, though with a thoroughly contemporary edge: how to phrase that text message? How to negotiate the status anxieties of the modern world? The play unfurls as a series of interlocking micro-monologues, which give us access to the couple’s unguarded thoughts as they experience the euphorias and devastations of first love. Elizabeth Lloyd-Raynes’ Lucy – ebullient and excitable – contrasts well with Sam Blake’s lugubrious Jim, both portrayed with a raw honesty that is ultimately very touching.

C Cubed, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Geoff Mills]