Perhaps Jordan Laffrenier and Luke Reece do have quite a bit to apologise for when it comes to relationships and love.
In fact, that’s what they spend most of this show doing. But LoveBroke is nothing short of an intriguing mix of humour and deeper moments that reveal how their troubles go beyond wondering whether or not Luke will finally get a decent Tinder date.
The show, originally only 15 minutes long, has since been extended to a full hour of the two talking about their problems with love, their own self-criticism, and asking the audience which of the two they’d rather date.
The piece is grounded in its integrity to both Jordan and Luke’s real life experiences respectively with their past and present girlfriends, fathers, and their friendship with each other.
Right from the beginning, Jordan and Luke will captivate you with their high energy and fast-paced witty remarks about each other’s trials and tribulations. That impressive level of intensity remains throughout the whole show.
One thing that sets this show apart from others is how self-aware and critical Jordan and Luke are of their show and their own lives, as displayed in the various times they put their performance on pause to connect with the audience.
The two would often comment on how the show can potentially be seen as “misogynistic” and check in with audience members to see if things are going smoothly with them. The nice thing about this kind of awareness is that it puts the two performers in a position that is recognizably vulnerable. It is clear that, even through their jokes and antics, the show’s true meaning lies with their ability to bare their souls as they try to understand how to break the cycle in their love lives.
Modest in its execution with no set save for two chairs and a couple of reserved audience seats, the two managed to turn the show into a dynamically physical piece that had them running around the entire room.
There is a certain novelty about the show that made me wonder how patrons who do not know Jordan or Luke personally would receive the piece. With many inside jokes embedded in it, I was worried at first that the show would not resonate with an audience member who does not know the two. And yet, what makes this show great is its honesty about love and life that anyone can relate to, and the charmingly fresh perspective they offer on what it’s really like to be in a relationship in the 21st century.
LoveBroke may be a show all about apologies, yet it is unapologetically authentic and funny.
LoveBroke is running until May 6 at Majlis Art Garden. Tickets are available at the door.