Local actress and playwright Vivian Nguyen bares her soul about her funny, sad and religious experience of falling in love during her solo show ‘A moment to love’ at the Melbourne Fringe festival next week.
Sunshine North resident Nguyen plays herself as she tells the love story of a 27-year-old Vietnamese-Australian woman who plays the field on internet dating sites but then falls in love with her soul mate.
Nguyen said the piece showed the “fantasy of love” as she stumbles with encounters and encounters strange people.
“Love makes you look ridiculous,” she said.
“”It makes you childish in an adorable way.”
She said the play she wrote, produced and starred in was comedy, drama and commentary on religion all rolled into one.
“It’s comedy like in this love, it’s silliness and innocence,” Nguyen said.
But she said love was also sad because there were limits, traumas and consequences.
Nguyen, who grew up Catholic, said the play also addressed how today’s woman should be “hot, sexy” when, as in religion, a woman should be like the Virgin Mary.
She said both were ideals.
Nguyen’s parents were from Southeast Asia and his father was a refugee.
She said her piece contained a “pinch” of Asian-Australian references and observations about that culture’s relationship to love.
“A Moment to Love” plays at The Motley Bauhaus, 118 Elgin Street, Carlton, Monday October 3 through Sunday October 9, 9:30-10:30 p.m. Details: www.melbournefringe.com.au or call 9660 9600.