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L.O.V.E. (Volcano Theatre)

By | Published on Thursday 8 August 2013

A four poster bed with red velvet curtains, poetry, and desire are the elements in this unlikely ménage à trois of sexual destruction. Based around Shakespeare’s sonnets, ‘L.O.V.E.’ steps away from solemn poetry readings to explore the lustful, merciless, and passionate side of this poet. Yet, the story quickly becomes frantic and confusing. The passion of the recited lines is conveyed through savage movements, the ripping of clothes, and the occasional slap on the cheek, which at times becomes tiring and repetitive. Based on the late Nigel Charnock’s production from 1992, this performance is an interesting reconsideration of the idealised Shakespeare. However, in the bard’s own words, it is also “savage, extreme, rude, cruel”; definitely not a place for the coy.

Assembly Roxy, until 25 Aug (not 7, 12, 19), 11.15am.
tw rating 3 / 5 | [Natalia Equihua]