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Love Trade

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Quirky, Clever, Ambitious, Confusing, Slow

About the show

A lonely girl. A lost god. One angry mother. The Greek goddess Demeter, her daughter Persephone, and the Hindu god Shiva experience suffering and love, and emerge from their journey transformed and transfigured. More…

In "Love Trade' Demeter passes sex games on to her daughter Persephone, who wanders away from the Upper World and meets the exotic Shiva. All three undergo the death of fake dreams and false longings as they descend into the Depths.

The Hess Collective generates new work based on a fusion of physical theater modalities culled from Western and Eastern practices.

Member Reviews (12)


Quirky, Clever, Ambitious, Confusing, Slow
Avg Score

Clever, Quirky, Beautiful, Wry, Scattered

See it if you like probing multi-media work that gives significant weight to movement, sound, visual design & spoken text, as well as a little drama.

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional drama, or prefer your classical texts unadulterated (as if!).

Also I like experiment, visual designs that find beauty in everyday objects... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Interesting use of props

See it if you want to see actors knock around a variety of staging ideas—some interesting, some not. Also, sexual awakening—yay.

Don't see it if that singy-songy lilting people use when reciting poetry shreds your nerves; or if you want some emotional pull.

Also Distinguished by its design and use of props, not for its script and s... Read more Read less

Clever, Ambitious, Inventive, Quirky, Confusing

See it if You’re up for a short, experimental modern update of the Demeter/Persephone/Hades (plus Shiva) myth using dance movement, music and dialogue

Don't see it if You dislike dance movement or experimental, non-linear plot or theatre. Or novel ways of playing the cello.

Also The three performers are capable, likable and all-in-committed in this... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Waste of time

See it if You’re interested in a Terrible excruciating waste of time

Don't see it if You have any common sense

Confusing, Great writing, Quirky, Based on mythology, Poetic

See it if you enjoy experimental pieces where the text (based on Greek mythology) is communicated via movement, music, dance. [See "comments."]

Don't see it if you prefer a linear plot and/or a traditional stage play -- and if the avant-garde tends to bore you

Also Using the Demeter - Persephone - Hades [i.e., 4 seasons] myth as a spr... Read more Read less

Quirky, Slow, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if you want some mild level experimental theatre mixed with some greek mythology - it's perfectly fine

Don't see it if you can't stand experimental works and want a traditional theatre play... although this isn't a bad first taste of experimental

Thought-provoking, Quirky, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy

See it if if you are interested in experimental theatre, feminist theatre, and non-linear storytelling riffing on myth, this will be thought-provoking

Don't see it if if you are not interested in experimental theatre, then this is not for you

Quirky, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Banal, Confusing

See it if you enjoy experimental theatre. The show is visually and aurally interesting. The characters are engaging. The themes are universal.

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional play. There's a story, but the acting is not naturalistic, and the narrative is secondary to symbolism.

Also If you have an image in your head of what "experimental theatre" will ... Read more Read less

Profound, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if Like to support a good idea in process of maturation.

Don't see it if Don't like allegoric subjects.

Also The play has very good moments of acting and creative stage ideas. I t... Read more Read less

Raunchy, Slow, Insipid, Excruciating, Dizzying

See it if If you like different interpretations of Greek mythology and experimental theater in general, you might find this interesting.

Don't see it if It was confusing, slow moving, bizarre, and kind of cringe worthy.

Slow, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if you haven’t seen much avant-garde/experimental theater, but you are interested in dipping a toe into a milder alternative-theater style.

Don't see it if you have seen a lot of avant-garde/experimental theater; this will feel tame.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful

See it if You like great writing and an unusual integration of characters.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional theater.

“Love Trade” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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