Love is a Battlefield

Battle lines are drawn with deceit and desire as a man and woman spar over a future that may be just out of reach – unless someone’s willing to do the unthinkable.

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        Love is a Battlefield

        See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2017/06/love-is-a-battlefield/ for details.

        Location: TAP Centre for Creativity

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        1. 5:30 pm
          Love is a Battlefield

          See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2017/06/love-is-a-battlefield/ for details.

          Location: TAP Centre for Creativity

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          1. 9:30 pm
            Love is a Battlefield

            See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2017/06/love-is-a-battlefield/ for details.

            Location: TAP Centre for Creativity

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            1. 5:00 pm
              Love is a Battlefield

              See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2017/06/love-is-a-battlefield/ for details.

              Location: TAP Centre for Creativity

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            1. 9:30 pm
              Love is a Battlefield

              See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2017/06/love-is-a-battlefield/ for details.

              Location: TAP Centre for Creativity

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            1. 7:30 pm
              Love is a Battlefield

              See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2017/06/love-is-a-battlefield/ for details.

              Location: TAP Centre for Creativity

          2 thoughts on “Love is a Battlefield”

          1. clara.madrenas
            Subscriber
            says:

            Love is a Battlefield already stands out in a storytelling-heavy Fringe for being told through dialogue in its more traditional play format. But it stands out even more because the performances are spot on, hitting the script’s snappy and fun…and then perplexing and tragic…notes perfectly. These are genuinely transfixing and pretty much flawless performances. The story is simple but effective and the use of realistic set and props, again unusual at the Fringe, was managed with apparent ease. That’s part of Love is a Battlefield’s brilliance: they make a fast-paced, layered, dense script, delivered with range and depth and complexity, look easy. It’s a stand-out show and not to be missed.

            *****

          2. Jay Ménard
            Reviewer
            says:

            Love is a Battlefield — More of a Gentle, Predictable Skirmish

            Love is a Battlefield is a perfectly pleasant and perfunctory piece of dramatic theatre. It doesn’t break any new ground, but it features capable performances by both leads. It’s less of a battle and more of a civil, but largely forgettable, disagreement.

            The play, written by Martin Dockery and featuring dramaturgy by Vanessa Quesnelle, covers ground that’s been done frequently. It’s the standard femme fatale/oblivious suitor storyline that’s been a part of dramatic arts for decades. It’s a paint-by-numbers plot line with plot twists that are painfully obvious and viewers are able to predict the end well in advance.

            So when the storyline is that apparent, then the acting must be superb to carry the play. And both Dockery and Quesnelle put in satisfactory performances. They deliver their lines well and there’s some quality interplay between the two as the plot progresses.

            The play starts with a woman,Quesnelle, in an unhappy marriage to a powerful but unpleasant man named Bob — to whom we’re only introduced through allusions and off-stage glances. She is recording a singing demo. The song, of course, is Love is a Battlefield. Dockery plays the producer. After multiple drinks and playful banter, the true nature of their relationship is revealed — again, it comes as no surprise — and the final die is cast.

            There’s nothing inherently wrong with Love is a Battlefield. It’s a fine piece of theatre. But there’s also nothing that stands out and sets it apart from any of the other similar stories that have been told. Love is less of a battlefield, but more of a gentle, predictable skirmish.

            ***

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