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Fringe Review: L Is For Love, Love Is For Losers

Fringe Review: L Is For Love, Love Is For Losers

Reviewed by Patti Huxley


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L is for Love, Love is for Losers
Gabriel Page
24-27 Feb
Bodega - The Burgundy Room, 101 Ghuznee Street
$15/$10/$8


L is for Love, Love is for Losers is a delightful, hour-long addition to the Fringe Festival’s comedy programme. The music is great. The jokes are funny. Plus Gabriel Page is a pleasure to watch and has a great voice to boot!

In this show, Gabriel demonstrates that he’s a skilful lyricist, guitarist and singer. His talent shines in his ability to deliver cheeky rhymes that twist the story of his song's character in surprising and hilarious ways.

I don’t often laugh out loud at comedians, but I had a good giggle throughout L is for Love. And I wasn’t the only one.

Each song presented a different take on the theme of love, from satirising modern relationships in the song “Facebook Girl”, to helping us understand one-sided relationships in “Baby, you’re a dead girl” and empathising with unrequited love in “It’s not easy (being your stalker)”. The set was very well-structured, effectively mixing different styles and tempos. Each song has its own personality and its own sound. My personal favourite was the 'Break-up song', where Gabriel's sweet melody plays off against the (rather one-sided) story of a scorned lover.

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Aside from the performance, it would’ve been nice to have some love songs playing pre-show to set the mood for the audience. The heavy metal music that did play felt a bit jarring and didn’t seem to complement the show’s theme.

That said, I still had a great time at this show. If you’re a fan of musical comedy or even if you’re just cynical about love songs – L is for Love, Love is for Losers is well worth your precious Festival dollars.

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L is for Love... press release
Scoop Coverage: Fringe 2010

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