Thursday, July 15, 2010

O.C. Register critic Eric Marchese took in the opening weekend of True Love Lies last week, and has very kindly decided to publish his opinion for the world to see:
One might think that questions about the nature of love had been exhausted in centuries of literature and the theater, but Canadian playwright Brad Fraser always seems to find a new wrinkle or two to add to the issue....

Fraser pens insightful, often deep dialogue, yet his text is also archly funny, chock-full of terrific zingers... You won't find cheap, sitcom-style laughs in "True Love Lies," nor soapy melodrama. What you will find are numerous, dead-on one-liners sure to evoke bursts of laughter as well as private moments of such compelling emotional content you'll likely swallow hard and suppress a tear.

In a cast that's wonderful all around, [Rick] Kopps is outstanding in a complexly drawn, nuanced role – a worldly gay man who's as objective about himself as he is others. Kopps brings smiles, an easygoing manner and near-total candor to the role. His David exerts effortless command of those around him, harbors no illusions about life and has the healthiest ego of the play's five characters...

If the name of playwright Fraser sounds familiar, it could be because Rude Guerrilla Theater Company's production of his "Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love" helped put [Director Dave] Barton and Rude G on the map (indeed, the play's characters include the youthful David and Kane).

If this production is any indication, Fraser's new work is now doing the same thing for the fledgling Monkey Wrench.
Tickets for True Love Lies are, perhaps not un-coincidentally, still available for purchase via our website.


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