Love and Other Acts of Violence London Reviews and Tickets
About the Show
A new play from Cordelia Lynn looking at the impact of the political and historical on the personal.
Two people fall in love: a poet and a physicist. The fact that one of them is Jewish and the other an activist in a time of upheaval and tension means that all else is complicated. Elayce Ismail directs.
'Love and Other Acts of Violence' is an audaciously jagged creation. The play feels overwrought and overcrowded as a whole, but has mesmerising moments and it is heroic in its endeavour to be different.
It's impossible to fault the ambition or intent of 'Love and Other Acts of Violence', [but] there are simultaneously too many ideas ... and too few. Even if I have reservations about the play, I wouldn't have missed [it].
Basia Binkowska['s] ... set is a genuine thing of wonder. Lynn’s over insistence on proving a point had got the better of her instincts as a dramatist. It’s been a long time since I’ve encountered quite so uncompromising a vision.
'Love and Other Acts of Violence' comes very close to being an amazing evening of theatre, yet a misjudged shift in tone towards the end robs it of crucial energy. It leaves you hungry to see what the performers and Lynn might go on to do in the future.
I didn’t really know how to feel. This is [an] imaginative, ambitious drama that’s stimulating even if it doesn’t add up to more than the sum of its parts. I look forward to seeing what [the creative team] do next.