Love Interruption (Bare Bottom Tea Fiends)
“I want love to: roll me over slowly, Stick a knife inside me, and twist it all around.” These are the opening lines to Jack White’s song “Love Interruption” and they equally sum up the initial scene of Bare Bottom Tea Fiends’ production. “Love Interruption” opens with a miserable Alex wallowing self-pitifully on his couch. In his post-breakup blues, he is surprised to receive guidance from the strangest of sources – a cardboard box, his Siri-like phone and a teddy retrieved from behind the cushions. You would think that his things would be kind in their support. But no, these straight-talking oddities, tell it like it is (complete with groan-worthy punnery), for the break-up reality is that the rest of the world doesn’t care (although the teddy question Alex’s sexuality). It is clear from early on that “Love Interruption” is a creative, somewhat compelling show with a fast-paced, complex, multi-faceted script and an enthusiastic (revolving) cast. Sets, costumes and props also effectively contribute to its jolly romp of a narrative.
As the story progresses, the characters attempt to coax Alex to go out; it should be easy, he lives under a bar. (Cue Woolloongabba’s Padre Bar sounds seeping through the ceiling), however, even with practice, his pickup lines are comically cringe worthy. And he is just as clueless when it comes to online dating; his profile pictures need work and his tag line ideas make him sound like a hipster girl from West End. Instead, Alex nostalgically recalls intimate memories of his broken relationship, remembering the good times in realisation that he has to let her go. As he so wisely notes, reality seems so easy in your head (one of many insightful, quotable lines that fit in smoothly alongside the show’s humour). And this is what is at the heart(ache) of the show (pun intended) from the initial walk down a stairwell decorated with audience reflections to the show’s final poignant moments: the all-consuming, life-altering but incomprehensible universally identifiable experience of love lost and longed-for. For as Jack White says, “I want love to show me how it’s all my fault.” And every great love story has its complication.
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