Love lost, or love never really gained, is the subject of this double bill of solo plays written and performed by Stefan Golaszewski, best known as part of the sketch group, Cowards. Just as first love is often the best, so it is with these plays. Stefan Golaszewski Speaks About a Girl He Once Loved is a joyous burp of a monologue that captures all the foal-like geekiness of a gap-year teenager who for 24 hours becomes the object of a beautiful girl's attention.
The writing brings a smile to your face, not just because it's all wonky-toothed and knock-kneed, but because it so totally expresses the idea of being ambushed by love. It feels like watching an almost blind man putting on glasses for the first time; and if you're still not pop-eyed with wonder, there's the added bonus of a suitcase full of kisses that shower the stage.
If the first play is a fizzing fountain, then Stefan Golaszewski Is a Widower is a worm in the apple. Its narrator looks back from 2056 over his relationship with his wife, Pudding, dead from cancer. But what appears to be a great love affair that went wrong gradually emerges as something more disturbing. This is a man who can't even call his wife by her real name. Yet while his first play makes you want to shout "Yes!", Golaszewski doesn't yet quite have the emotional maturity, either as a writer or performer, to make you buy the second far trickier, scenario, and really feel its tragedy.
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