- Star Rating: *****
- Greenside at Infirmary Street – Olive Studio, Venue 236
- Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT
- Melpomene Productions starring Beth Gallagher and Eric Casini
- Edinburgh Fringe Review Date: 8th August 2019
To Fall in Love can be seen at the Edinburgh Fringe from 2nd – 24th August 2019, 22:05pm (60 minutes) at Greenside at Infirmary Street, Edinburgh. Age category: 14+. £10 (full) £8 (Concessions).
What does it take to keep love alive? To rekindle a lost love between a couple? We are told by Melopmene Productions that Psychologists have claimed that answering 36 questions can make two strangers fall in love, couple with four minutes of uninterrupted eye contact. Will that be enough to help Merryn (Beth Gallagher) and Wyatt (Eric Casalini) who are battling one another to save what’s left of their marriage, which has been horribly and potentially fatally fractured by a horrible accident.
TFIL is an intensely emotional, passionate and gripping play that makes great use of a fascinating, innovative and brilliantly unique ploy of asking and answering 36 questions followed by four minutes of silence. The questions derive from a study by Psychologist Arthur Aron and others and are extremely interesting, challenging, stretching and at times downright unfair. However that’s what makes for a brilliant story as they are integral to the unfolding story.
This powerful, emotional play features just the two characters in the solitary setting of their living room and bedroom. Although both are struggling to come to terms with their loss and its impact on their relationship, it’s clear that one of them wants to re-light the flame far more than the other. The forcefulness of that makes it seem that emotional blackmail, bullying at times tactics are being used to try and woo the other, which feels a little uncomfortable to watch, but understandable in the circumstances.
The story and writing by Jennifer Lane is fantastic, a gift for two such talented actors, who are both terrifically convincing in their roles. They bring you in so much that you feel like intruders into the private pain and struggle of these complete strangers, yet though you’ve only just met them so to speak, you are fully invested in wanting to know the outcome. What’s intriguing is it’s not the usual sense of wanting the classic Hollywood ending, but more wanting them to come up with the outcome that works best for both of them.
This is a great play and if you’re in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival don’t leave town without seeing To Fall In Love.
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