Reviews - Fringe 2009

Love Shack

By Lisa Marie DiLiberto
Published July 19, 2009

A cute story with a fast pace which is never boring. Obviously, well written: it is the winner of the 2009 Hamilton fringe playwriting competition. But still, I found myself wondering throughout the play what the relationship was between the two people who meet up in this seedy motel.

Were they married and looking to spark things up? Were they lovers? Colleagues? They could have even been brother and sister, judging by the way they were acting towards each other.

The play was missing a real sexual tension and complicity between the actors. I wasn't convinced that they were there dying to play out their fantasies. Not at all. But I loved the witty lightness of the text and the simple, clear set design. It is a good play - but it could be delicious.

Lisa Marie DiLiberto is a professional actress and clown and the Artistic Director of FIXT POINT, a theatre company with a mandate to inspire audiences to imagine change. FIXT POINT has a home studio in Parkdale, Toronto but the company has toured original work across Canada, (Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver) to Graz and Vienna in Austria, to the Prague International Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe and the Isle of Whyte (UK). Lisa Marie is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School, an alumus of Second City and has trained in character, mask, vaudeville and clown with Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France. Lisa Marie animates neighbourhoods through her work in community arts where she is Associate Artistic Director for Jumblies Theatre, and the Artistic Director of Arts4All. This fall, FIXT POINT will be producing THE TALE OF A TOWN in studio and then in association with Theatre Passe Muraille in May 2010. FIXT POINT: DREAM BIG, start small...

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By Phil (registered) | Posted July 20, 2009 at 09:22:51

I thought the production was "delicious"! That we were never sure what their relationship was - until the end of the play - made their relationship intriguing. How could any show with Martha Zimmerman in it possibly lack "real sexual tensity". I loved the show and would recommend everyone to see it.

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