Love Music opens with the fractious relationship of Joan (Julia Zemiro) and Harry (Greg Stone). Joan is a hard-nosed skilled who has misplaced her sense of compassion and empathy, whereas her husband Harry tries to manage every part round him.
This leads him into battle with Joan’s simpleton brother Beane (Thomas Wright), whose overly literal method to language and discourse units him outdoors social conference.
Whereas Joan and Harry snipe at one another, Beane withdraws into himself, residing a spartan and lonely existence.
Think about his shock when he stumbles upon a younger feminine burglar in his condominium, who proceeds to interrogate him over his lack of fabric items.
One way or the other, a relationship develops between these two misfits, and the ensuing blossoming of Beane’s persona ripples into Joan and Harry’s marriage, permitting them to rediscover their misplaced ardour and tenderness for one another. There’s a fantastic comedian scene the place Joan and Harry dare one another to ring in sick and “play hooky”.
Beane’s new happiness is illusory, nevertheless, and the response to Kolvenbach’s decision of Beane’s situation will kind out audiences as both cold-hearted realists or sentimental romantics.
Director Craig Ilott retains the tone and rhythm properly in step for many of the play.
In his program notes, nevertheless, he says that the play could possibly be set “in any metropolis” – so it is a pity the manufacturing opts for the alienation of New York accents over the immediacy of an area vernacular.
Zemiro clearly relishes her time on stage, and the script provides her loads of traces to indicate off her comedian timing.
Within the first half she is all bravura and bluster, as if nonetheless within the Gershwin Room for a RocKwiz session, however as Joan’s character mellows, so too does Zemiro carry extra gentle and shade to her efficiency.
Greg Stone is likewise in step as Harry. It is a second-fiddle position, however he is aware of learn how to serve up the comedian volleys for Zemiro to slam again. Thomas Wright will get good depth to either side of the position of Beane, one second foetal and aphasic, the subsequent bursting with pleasure and language. Caroline Craig has the toughest position as Molly, and by no means fairly makes the character sing as it’d.
Nicholas Dare’s set makes use of a easy revolve, dividing the stage by way of a display screen that’s by turns reflective and translucent, courtesy of Jon Buswell’s ingenious lighting.
That display screen additionally offers the automobile for the play’s lasting metaphor, the place Beane learns to knock down the protecting partitions he has constructed round himself, and stroll by means of the door of life with a point of hope sooner or later.
This conclusion clearly favours McCartney’s saccharine sentimentality over Lennon’s bitter realism. It is price remembering, nevertheless, that Lennon himself had a sentimental epiphany in his final work, Double Fantasy.
After seeing this play, you may choke on its religion in naivety and nostalgia – however equally, you and your accomplice may simply be ringing in sick the next morning, to “play hooky”.