QUAKE: A Closet Love Story Review

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QUAKE: A Closet Love Story presented by New Edgecliff Theatre as part of the 2012 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. You can read the show description here.

As presented, QUAKE is a well-acted, cute romantic-comedy. But that for me is the disappointment. Being a Fringe Festival entry, I expected/wanted something a bit grittier.

For characters who have to come to terms with their lives ending trapped and starving, the couple (portrayed by Justin Baldwin and Lara Miller) seem incredibly well-adjusted throughout most of the production. Although the narrative asides between scenes details the power of an earthquake, and the effects of lack of food and water on the human body, these are not translated visually to the show.

Also, the flow of the show is interrupted by having the actors recite these asides live with a flashlight under their chin. Perhaps if they were recorded, it would give the actors time adjust their appearance in some way to better represent the physical and mental toll of their ordeal. As performed, they play ends with the actors looking nearly the same as they did at the beginning of their days-long ordeal.

Overall the show is perfectly fine, but I really wish stronger and bolder choices had been made to elevate the show.

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Filed under Cincy Fringe Festival, Reviews

2 responses to “QUAKE: A Closet Love Story Review

  1. Kelly

    I thought the performance had multiple layers and was heartfelt. While this wasn’t the most “Gritty” of fringe pieces, it was obvious that “Gritty” wasn’t a portion of their story or their lives. isn’t fringe about being open to new and un-expected performances and experiances? Perhaps hearfelt and honest have a place along side of gritty and alternative at the fringe, and it’s up to us to go into a performance open for anything.


    • Thanks for writing Kelly. To clarify I didn’t expect the “grittiness” to come from their relationship. I would have liked to have seen a more realistic/grittier take on their predicament and their reaction to it.


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