The One is lean, rather than sparse. Nothing is wasted, whether it’s Georgia King pushing back unkempt hair to near-growl her marriage manifesto, or Mark Storen’s crisp guitar work that pushes and pulls the storytelling along.
That story has a simple premise – girl meets boy – and builds gently from there as they grow to love each other, but find themselves both challenged by the idea of marriage. It’s a lovely script by writer/director Jeffrey Jay Fowler – nothing too mythic, nothing too grounded.
The road to finding “The One” is not a straight line. It can be a bumpy road, or a risky roll on a Monopoly board. It must be a curious thing to direct two musicians to move around their gear, but the few physical interactions in a small space littered with cords, stands, amps, and chairs worked well.
Well-crafted without feeling mechanical, The One, was a good show that wore two hearts on its sleeve from its wishful beginnings to its solemn end.
Studio 2 – Arts House, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Performance: Saturday 16 September 2017 – 6.45pm
Season continues to 30 September 2017
Information and Bookings: www.melbournefringe.com.au
Image: Mark Storen and Georgia King – photo by Simon Pynt
Review: David Collins