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Nutshell review: Chemistry

Every day, TheJournal.ie brings you reader-generated reviews of the hottest tickets at the ABSOLUT Fringe Festival 2012.

THE ABSOLUT FRINGE 2012has more than 100 shows playing out across Dublin until 23 September. Each day, TheJournal.ie will bring you our readers’ reviews of the pick of the crop and everything in between. You’ll get the chance to get in on the act yourself with our daily reader review tickets giveaway!

Today’s review:


(50% Male Experimental Theatre)

Bridget Deevy’s review: We are brought to a world where four contagion-suited scientists work methodically to isolate the exact formula that is human ‘chemistry’ – the thing that makes us behave the way we do.

From these strange beginnings, we the onlookers, become the scientists; watching, analysing, noting each new change the ‘chemistry’ has on these characters.  We watch carefully as couples are lured together by the chemistry, we smile knowingly when sparks fly due to the chemistry of the workplace and we shake our heads wistfully when relationships break down and jealousies flare.  These characters are intoxicated by the chemistry of their lives.

‘Chemistry’ is at times a little tongue-in-cheek in its investigation of the subject matter, but thankfully stays grounded enough in the reality of human emotions, that we are taken on a journey with these characters.  This is largely due to the committed performances of its four dancers.  Well worth a look.

In three words? Fun, whimsical, energetic.

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