"The playwright has a knack of creating unconventional situations, eccentric characters, and often-funny dialog, and thanks to a committed and talented cast and Elena Araoz's fast-paced direction, many individual moments work beautifully. But the overall effect is like Francesca's dancing; the elements are in place, but the whole is less than the sum of the parts...There a touching moment at the end when Francesca recovers her ability to take flight, but the play itself remains earthbound." Full Review
"The cast embodies each of their often absurd characters fully...Guha’s script uniquely pokes fun at the absurd behaviors and ideals society associates with 'falling in love,' causing the audience to ask what love really is...While the madcap humor sails for most of the play, it begins to sink by the end, going off into tangents and losing focus on the very aspects that gave it flight. Perhaps with some revising and refocusing, Guha’s work could be a thing of greatness." Full Review
"Guha’s writing sparkles with quirky humor, as the play’s offbeat premise translates into an unconventional but utterly charming, funny tone. Under Elena Araoz’s direction, the cast delivers that offbeat quality impeccably. Frings in particular nails her character’s idiosyncrasies, to hilarious effect…With 'Mechanics of Love,' the Paradise Factory presents a tremendous play, one that keep the audience laughing even as it questions the inner workings of their hearts." Full Review
"Guha's writing presents unique viewpoints about the mysteries of love that have much relevance in today's technology-driven society...This foursome explodes on stage with their strong and opposing energies that are felt for the full 90 minutes...For a thought-provoking and poignant exploration of human emotion, 'Mechanics of Love,' provides a complex storyline and character palette that leaves audiences connected and full of reactions well after the final scene." Full Review
See it if you enjoy a quirky relationship based, funny play with excellent acting. Emotional and endearing.
Don't see it if you need a more straightforward, less strange and quirky type narritive
See it if You like to hear a new voice that follows but takes off from other edgy, established writers like Nick Payne. Well acted on the whole
Don't see it if you dont like minimal setting, staging and rough cut seating or are looking for a finished polished performance
See it if you enjoy slightly slap-stick comedy. There are some thoughtful and well-acted moments, but its true strength is in its humor.
Don't see it if you don't like intimate theaters. It's in the round, and everyone is in the front row.
See it if you are up for an absurdist take on relationships -- between people and other people, but also between people and the way the world works.
Don't see it if you like easily understood stories or characters who are people rather than symbols.
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