Love+ review: a deft exploration of human-robot relations | Tiger Dublin Fringe
With a sharp script and a real vitality to its humour, this is a delightful production
Maeve O’Mahony: a neat mix of neediness, vulnerability and selfishness
Project Arts Centre, Cube
Much like the “on paper” aspirations of human-robot relations, Claire O’Reilly’s Love+ does many things very well, tackling the ever-intriguing question of the consequences of robots encroaching on our daily lives.
Breffni Holahan plays a pitch-perfect so-complex-she’s-uncomplicated robot, and Maeve O’Mahony conjures a neat mix of neediness, vulnerability and selfishness as the robot’s owner.
There’s the uneasiness of Spike Jonze’s Her, and farcical elements that call to mind Madeleine Olnek’s Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, but as the rom-com short-circuits, broader ethical questions are raised in parallel, with some clever digital interventions.
While Love+ doesn’t entirely realise itself, and could indeed plumb darker depths, its snappy momentum forgives such faults. Running at 50 minutes, and with a sharp script and a real vitality to its humour, this is a deft and delightful production.
Ends Sept 17