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Fringe Review: What They Said About Love

By Nicholas McBurney on June 15, 2018

What They Said About Love
by Steve Budd
Steve Budd Presents

55 min / Comedy, Drama, Documentary Theatre, Solo / PG

Perhaps unsurprisingly, love means different things to different people, but at the end of the day, most agree that love takes work. Drawn from personal experience and the stories of five Bay Area couples, What They Said About Love is the story of Steve Budd learning that lasting love needs more than just passion.

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A one man show, Budd juggles eleven different characters as he recounts his own whirlwind relationship with a woman he met in Mexico, as well as the stories of five different couples who have managed to marry and stay in love. Budd makes good use of the stage to tell these stories: each character was given a specific voice, mannerism, and placement on the stage. Without these characteristics it would be easy to become confused, but I never had that problem.

The only disappointment for me was that since all five couples were straight, the play lacked any gender or sexual diversity. This might simply be due to Budd’s central relationship story focusing on a straight couple, but not including at least one queer couple, especially in a story set in San Francisco, is a missed opportunity. Despite this, What They Said About Love is an ode to the different ways that love can work and be enjoyed by both couples and singles alike.


What They Said About Love by Steve Budd is being performed in ODD Box inside Arts Court (2 Daly Ave) until Saturday June 23, 2018. Tickets Cost $12. Visit ottawafringe.com for the schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.