Love Notwithstanding

Love Notwithstanding

“A play about making authentic connections, making choices and sometimes having to make sacrifices.” In Love Notwithstanding two young artists agree to a time-limited relationship, only to find their modern ideas about love and sex at odds with their emotions.

A 90 minute play with two actors, This play received it’s premiere at the Red Sandcastle Theatre in Toronto May 9th-20th 2012, produced by the Vancouver Apt. co-op, starring Sarah English and playwright Grant Tilly, directed by Rona Waddington and stage managed by Sonia Vaillant.  The show received rave reviews (see below) and great audience response.

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Mooney on Theatre

by Adelina Fabiano

Views on life, love and relationships can be found in Red Sandcastle Theatre’s Love Notwithstanding in Toronto

Set in the intimate venue of Red Sandcastle Theatre and written and acted by accomplished performer Grant Tilly, Love Notwithstanding gives us an up close and personal glimpse of a relationship at its crossroad.

Combining the talented efforts of two established Toronto actors with a story most people can relate to at one point in their life, this production is engaging and accessible.

Jet-setting between Vancouver and Toronto, Chris, performed by Tilly himself, is a self-proclaimed “New Age, Buddhist, Agnostic”, reconnecting with Jenna in Vancouver. As the two agree to keep their relationship limited and within a month’s time, truths and emotions begin to surface forcing them to question their fate with one another.

Most of the play is centered around each character’s complicated view on love, life and relationships. The dialogue is heartfelt and honest. Tilly’s characters are well-crafted and the writing is intelligent and humorous.

Sarah English as Jenna, is calm, collected, controlled and candid. Natural and real, English has a lovely stage charm. Tilly as the unattached yet sensitive Chris is the perfect contrast of energy and impulsivity, bursting with uncertainty about life and his career. Both Tilly and English show great chemistry, creating believable roles.

The Red Sandcastle Theatre works well once again as the backdrop for the apartment setting. This is the second show I’ve seen in this space, however, from a different angle this time. Contemporary furniture and small space living add to the sense of living in Vancouver.

Most of the action moves from the kitchen where much of the wine-drinking and conversations take place, and sometimes moving to the couch. I especially loved the moments we got to hear Chris share his songs with Jenna. Tilly not only shows good acting chops but the voice to go with it.

Love Notwithstanding is a play about making authentic connections, making choices and sometimes having to make sacrifices. A consummate artist, Grant Tilly creates for us a sweet and endearing play.