LOVE N STUFF – Theatre Royal Stratford East

In Comedy, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Aleks SierzLeave a Comment

Theatre Royal Stratford East, London – 25 June 2016

Writers can sometimes be inspired by plays that the rest of us have forgotten. I haven’t had a conscious thought about Marie Jones’s 1996 mega hit, Stones in Their Pockets, for years, but it has been a powerful example for playwright Tanika Gupta in creating Love N Stuff, a delightful two-hander which, like Jones’s play, shows off the skills and versatility of a pair of perfectly matched actors. Gupta takes two characters from her 2012 musical Wah! Wah! Girls, namely Bindi and Mansoor, and puts them into a beautifully fluid comedy about marriage, personal identity and family secrets.

Rina Fantani and Nicholas Khan (taking over from Tony Jayawardena, who created the role in the 2013 version of this play) perform a cast of many in this spirited and partially rewritten revival, which fills the main stage of this venue with laughs and a brief scattering of tears. The two characters that they play from Wah! Wah! Girls are the fifty-something couple, with husband Mansoor being Muslim and wife Bindi being Hindu, who have been married for 35 years and living in Stratford, East London. Both are sharp