Monday 21 May 2012
Theatre review: Love, Love, Love
Cock, a focus on just a handful of characters pays dividends in Love, Love, Love. The second act shows us the classic '80s/'90s family, Sandra (in a hilariously spot-on power suit) missing her daughter Rosie's (Claire Foy) violin recital, the family disintegrating on Rosie's 16th birthday. There's a dark, but excellently realised balance to this central act, as 14-year-old Jamie (Big Favourite Round These Parts George Rainsford) opens the act alone in the house, dancing excitedly with the Stone Roses turned up to eleven; by the end of the act the song's back on at the same volume, this time to block out family arguments. In the final act we see the long-term effects Ken and Sandra's attitude to life has had on their children, in a present-day scene (apparently in the original production this scene was set in the very near future; but it's taken so long to arrive in London that it's been overtaken and now takes place in the very recent past.)
Love, Love, Love by Mike Bartlett is booking until the 9th of June at the Royal Court's Jerwood Theatre Downstairs (returns and day seats only.)
Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes including two intervals.