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'Fool for Love' by Sam Shepard - Review

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Love is beautiful, love is messy
fool for love, review, sam shepard, q44 theatre, gabriella rose-carter, mark davis, rebecca fortuna
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Fool for Love presented by Q44 Theatre Company will be at Q44 Theatre, 1st floor, 550 Swan Street, Richmond from 10 - 28 June 2015. Performances from Wednesday to Saturday start at 7.30pm and Sunday at 6pm. CLICK HERE for tickets ($35 full price and $27 concession)
fool for love, sam shepard, q44 theatre, gabriella rose-carter, mark davis, rebecca fortuna
550 Swan street, Richmond (1st floor)

This play is dedicated to all the fools out there who have been caught up in the sheer force of love. Love is hot, love is crazy, love is beautiful, love is messy, love will allow you to feel things you never thought possible and do things you never thought capable. Don't feel guilty or fear it; just embrace it because you aren't alone, we are all fools together. Remember if you don't fall in love you can't get hurt but it sure is lonely all by yourself - a quote from Q44's Fool for Love program.

fool for love, sam shepard, q44 theatre, gabriella rose-carter, mark davis, rebecca fortuna
Mark Davis and Rebecca Fortuna mingling with the guests after their performances

May (Rebecca Fortuna) and Eddie (Mark Davis) in Sam Shepard's 'Fool for Love' are long time on-again-off-again lovers with a dark secret and a long history between them. Enter Martin (William Prescott) who arrives to take May on a date, along with the 'old man' (Sam Allen), a figment of May and Eddie's imaginations, and you have a reunion that's intense and at times hilarious.

fool for love, review, sam shepard, q44 theatre, gabriella rose-carter, mark davis, rebecca fortuna
Top L: Director Gabriella Rose-Carter; Top R: Lighting Operator & Stage Manager Samantha Mesh. Bottom L&R: fellow actors (Lilly on the right) keeping the guests entertained on the night

Mark Davis and Rebecca Fortuna are a force to be reckoned with. They bring to the stage the intensity required for this performance. They easily captivate the audience not only with their physical beauty but the natural chemistry that flows between them. They'll have you believing and feeling those intense emotions that come with a love fraught with forbidden desires. Desires easily seen in their eyes, in their connection with each other.

All else pales into the shadows when these two main characters take over the stage. However the old man and the innocent yard worker who is totally out of his depth provide some relief from all this 'heat' with interjections of humour that transpires naturally through predicaments in life we sometimes find ourselves in.

fool for love, review, sam shepard, q44 theatre, gabriella rose-carter, mark davis, rebecca fortuna
Guests perusing the program and Bottom L&R actors Rebecca Fortuna & William Prescott (with moustache)

I would highly recommend you don't miss this play that's just over an hour long. Directed by Gabriella Rose-Carter and produced by Rebecca Fortuna, it's definitely an 8 out of 10. Having lived in New York for over 10 years, Gabriella, whose list of achievements are amazing, had always wanted to put this show on the road. Getting together with Rebecca, these two creative giants decided to take that step forward to produce this play and they have chosen well.

Rebecca herself is no lightweight and debuted as a playwright with 'Domestic Warfare' for the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2013. It was based on her mother's life story in 1970's Australia and she played the role of her mother. It was one of The Age's theatre picks of the week.

fool for love, review, sam shepard, q44 theatre, gabriella rose-carter, mark davis, rebecca fortuna
Guests in the foyer enjoying some wine, nibbles, sandwiches, cakes and chocolate for opening night

Q44 Theatre works at developing an artist-driven domain where actors can learn, grow and create stimulating thought-provoking theatre that is accessible. They hold weekly acting classes that focusses on Method Acting and other related techniques for trained actors. Q44 Theatre's forum gives actors opportunities to perform on stage not only through their performance programs but through an annual season of produced plays as well. Why not contact them if you're interested in the performing arts. They also have a Facebook page.
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Why? Sam Shepard's 'Fool for Love' is about long time on-again-off-again lovers with a deep dark secret.
When: 10 - 28 June 2015. Performances from Wednesday to Saturday start at 7.30pm and Sunday at 6pm
Phone: (03) 9417 5747
Where: Q44 Theatre, 1st floor, 550 Swan Street, Richmond, VIC
Cost: $35 full price and $27 concession
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