Writer: Jennifer Williams
Director: Marie Rabe
Reviewer: John Roberts
Operation Love Story is true, we get told that from the start, it’s important that we know that, as we’re told some shows are fake, some true, some a mixture of both, this is the story of Jennifer Williams, and her mission to help two people come together, this is her personal homage to love and the theory that until you find your other half, you’re a failure.
Operation Love Story isn’t a Richard Curtis film, or a rom com starring Julia Roberts, in fact its a rather bitter-sweet antithesis of everything Hollywood likes to feed us.
This 50 minute monologue, is neatly delivered albeit a little too earnestly, and writer/performer Williams could do with toning down the brashness of her delivery a little for such an intimate venue, but through her eagerness to share her tale, an extremely likeable performer shines through. Director Marie Rabe may have done the piece better, if she allowed Wiliams a little bit of freedom to tell her story in a more personable way, at time it all feels a little too slick and a little to polished, we want to know the real Williams more than the articulate performer delivering a monologue.
It’s an enjoyable performance and Williams keeps her audience engaged throughout, a gentle and numerous way to start your day, and even better its free.