2019. In the last remaining barrios of East LA… Blaz returns from prison, but something ain’t right. His lifelong love Havana Cortez is keeping a secret. His old partner Karl seems to know what it is. Havana’s best friend Rosa hates him even more than usual, but this was not always the case. And the detective who locked him up can’t stop with the women. Serena The Sex Worker is our ethereal guide to this menacing world - but why are there pterodactyls overhead?
Love and Betrayal. Tenderness and Rage. Crime and Home. Adventure and Ageing. Los Angeles behind the mask.
Featuring members of the original Los Angeles cast and in a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, Time Is Love/Tiempo es Amor is the latest play from Chè Walker, the multi-award-winning writer director behind UK Netflix’s hit Been So Long starring Michaela Coel and Arinzé Kene.
The piece serves only to tell the fragmented stories of a few Los Angeles inhabitants, without much substance to its essence
Even the presence of big name Sheila Atim can’t lift Chè Walker’s stilted fringe drama about the LA underworld
With every role that Sheila Atim aces – and she aces every role she takes – she reaffirms that she should, and indeed will, be a huge star
With delightful language and superb acting, two out of three elements are nailed in this production to make it an outstanding play
Ultimately the play gives the impression of being a film script that isn't sufficiently cinematic
Ché Walker’s enigmatic drama, set in Los Angeles, is the theatrical equivalent of film noir
Nods to Trump's America in confusing portrait of betrayal
It's a simple production with a series of projections used to depict the change in time, place and mood. Too bad they often distract from the performances on stage
Sheila Atim cuts a nonchalant, haunting, observant figure as Rosa
DH Lawrence said he was always astonished when watching Shakespeare that “such trivial people should muse and thunder in such lovely language”. If you seek out this fine production of Che Walker’s remarkable new LA-set drama, you may well feel something similar