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Twice Shy at LOOP Project Space & Bar - Review

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by Petite.Capote.Rouge (subscribe)
Undercover wannabe reviewer
Published September 20th 2013
Truly relatable comedy
Ever wondered if a single moment could change your life? Well, Shannon Woodford and Joel Checkley's two people play goes on to prove just that.

It has everything from a 'mofro', co- workers who just can't take 'no' for an answer to elderly neighbours who 'makes mud' in their pants. Combined with the acting talents of these two young actors the play utilises video footage and voice overs in the background to tell us the story of Rosemary and Jonathon. It is actually a good combination and the simplicity of it all helps you really connect with the play.

Set in the comfortable little Loop Project Space and Bar, which I admit I found slightly difficult to find, but mainly because I failed to see any indication of what the place is called. So be sure to ask someone if you get a bit lost down Meyer's place. There is a nice bar from which you can get a glass of wine or something to sip on while you comfortably lounge on the purple sofas as you watch the story unravel a few feet away from you.

I won't give away the plot but it IS a love story. But what makes it special is that they combined life's little truths and portrayed two characters that are extremely ordinary and extremely relatable to. It is more than likely you will find traits in common with these two rather shy and endearing people. The other characters around them, also played by the two talented actors, are also the sort of people we see in everyday life. The hair 'technician' with the 'fun-neh' accent, the guy who's always on the tram asking for change, the boss who thinks you are his personal muffin delivery service and the friend who's just had a baby and cannot stop talking about the eternal maternal connection.

The story starts moments before their fateful meeting and then rewinds back to the beginning of the day and the string of events that ultimately lead to their union. With the help of the video footage, voice over and clever acting we are introduced to the characters background and life. And with the use of the simplest props (cars are swivel chairs) we are taken straight through to their lives. It will make you laugh, and it will make you say 'that happens to me too!'

Twice Shy proves that to produce a good play you do not need fancy lighting and sets, just two very good actors and a heart-warming story. The ending will make you smile no matter how bad your day was (I know this because I had a pretty bad day that day).

So definitely head down to see this masterpiece you'll come back smiling.
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Why? To turn that frown, upside down
When: 18th, 19th and 23rd September at 8 pm, 25th, 30th September and 1st October at 9 pm
Where: Loop Project Space and Bar
Cost: 15 dollars
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