Photo by Cheshire Isaacs
"What They Said About Love," written by and starring Steve Budd, sheds light on how people meet and make it to the altar, the push and pull of relationships, singles who can't seem to settle down, and more.
Just in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day — or, if you're simply looking for a fun outing where you can support the local arts scene — comes What They Said About Love
, which is currently playing at The Marsh in Berkeley.
The solo show — written and performed by Steve Budd, directed by Mark Kenward, and developed with the help of David Ford — explores the ways in which people fall in love, make their relationships work, and do what it takes to stay in love. What They Said About Love
is also Budd’s personal exploration of the reasons his childhood experiences shaped the way he handled his own failed relationships.
Budd interviewed and recorded several couples and got them to open up to him about how they met and fell in love, and the obstacles they go through to stay in love. From the hours of recording, the Oakland-based actor captured relatable anecdotes that he put together for this hilarious and poignant hour-plus-long show, where Budd gets into character to portray each couple and we get to learn intimate details about each of them.
The show is relatable in many ways, whether you are currently in a committed relationship or are navigating the ever-changing dating scene.
Throughout the show, Budd, an ingenious storyteller, embodies each couple both vocally and in their mannerisms, making the audience feel as if they are watching the actual recordings. One of the couples we get to know is Sarah and Connor, who met at a Halloween party. Their relationship was tested during a trip to Canada, where Sarah was feeling unsure about their future. Meanwhile, Connor was ready to say, “I love you” for the first time. There’s also Gaby and Matt, who met on Craigslist. In the show, we learn how Gaby’s list of requirements of what she was looking for in a partner was thrown out the window after realizing that Matt didn’t quite fulfill her list, though there was something about him that made her fall for him.
Budd’s self-reflection about his own relationship failures ties the show together. What They Said About Love
will make you question your own love decisions, reflect on how not one relationship is the same, and realize that the circumstances that shape how people fall in love and stay in love are always a work in progress.
What They Said About Love runs through Mar. 3, Fridays 8 p.m., Saturdays 8:30 p.m., $20-$35, $55-$100 reserved, The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, TheMarsh.org