- By Arlene Winnick
- Photo Courtesy of The Wallis
Romantics Anonymous, the new musical coming to The Wallis’ Bram Goldsmith Theatre direct from a successful run in London, is simply delightful. It’s smart, timely, social relevant and guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face. The London Times called it, “A sweetly funny, gorgeously tender musical rom-com” and I totally agree. Based on the popular 2010 French-Belgian film, Les motifs Anonymes, the play explores the obstacles to love and happiness in the modern world. Fragile and sweet Angelique spends her days creating delicious chocolates; timid Jean-René owns a struggling candy factory. When Angelique takes a job in the factory, the would-be lovers meet and the awkward courtship slowly unfolds with the encouragement of colleagues, therapist, self-help tapes and a support group.
Romantics Anonymous takes the rom-com genre to a whole new level thanks to Emma Rice who wrote and directs the play. Her dialogue is lively, funny, sweet (but not sappy) and gently reveals the delicate and authentic nature of true love. Likewise, the music and lyrics by Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond add just the right touch of warmth, humor and joy to the play. Romantics Anonymous stars Marc Antolin and Carly Bawden – perfect casting of the reluctant couple. Both actors were featured in the original production of the play at London’s Shakespeare’s Globe and boast a long list on the British stage and screen credits.
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