GABRIEL PAGE: L is for Love, Love is for Losers (NZ)

Bodega Bar: The Burgundy Room, Wellington

24/02/2010 - 27/02/2010

Club Ivy, The Garden Club, 13B Dixon St, Wellington

11/05/2010 - 15/05/2010

NZ International Comedy Festival 2010

Production Details


Gabriel Page’s concerns for the future of love have inspired him to create his 2010 Wellington Fringe Festival Show L is for Love, Love is for Losers. The last decade saw a dramatic change in the way we connect with each other. With an increasing reliance on mobile phones and social networking sites, the art of human interaction has taken a turn, and it maybe for the worse.

“Flirting certainly isn’t the same,” says Gabriel Page, “I vaguely remember when women would go to the effort to wince or feel obliged to be polite with my advances, now all they have to do is click delete.”

While we spend more time in the constantly changing world of virtual socialising, it’s easy to lose sight of how we once formed bonds in the real world. With his popular songs such as “You’re Lucky (To Have Me to Love You)” and “Baby, You’re a Dead Girl”, L is for Love, Love is for Losers will remind us all that with persistence, unfaltering commitment and a willingness to turn a blind eye, any relationship can thrive.

Gabriel Page is a singer/songwriter who specialises in twisted love songs. He’s a resident of Wellington and lives in the southern suburbs. In 2009 he was a Wellington Raw Comedy Finalist, and was part of the successful NZ International Comedy Festival show “Miscellaneous, Etc”. L is for Love, Love is for Losers is his debut show and the first time he’s been part of the Wellington Fringe Festival.

“darkly witty original songs” – THEATREVIEW

L is for Love, Love is for Losers 
The Burgundy Room, Bodega – 101 Ghuznee Street
Wed 24 – Sat 27 February
8.00pm – Show starts at 8.30pm.
General $15 / Conc. $10 / Fringe Addict $8
For bookings email
Club Ivy, The Garden Club, 13B Dixon St 
Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK (842 5385)
Adults: $16 / onc. $12 / Groups 10+ $10


Clever lines and great melodies

Review by Suzanne Edwards 12th May 2010

Gabriel Page’s solo show is a quirky take on life by a singer /songwriter /love loser.

With songs dedicated to the environment, the aged, the ugly and good ‘mates’, Gabriel’s clever lines and great melodies keep the crowd entertained.

Slightly better timing and delivery will see Gabriel polish his show to be a real crowd pleaser.
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Witty, funny, musically very good: a Fringe highlight

Review by Maryanne Cathro 25th Feb 2010

Gabriel Page’s show is all about Love songs. Love songs about the kinds of love that don’t usually get sung about. His take is that the usual love songs misrepresent the realities of love, and he proves this point with a short treatise on why Huey Lewis’s song ‘The Power of Love’ is factually inaccurate.

In a singing voice reminiscent of the great Chris Rea, he serenades us with his own original songs about the possibilities of love triangles (and even a love square), love beyond the grave, being a shy stalker, falling in love on Facebook, competitive relationships and friendship (an interesting spin on bromance).

His material is witty and funny, and musically very good. And really, he has a point – these unsung kinds of love are closer to many of our realities than the saccharine offerings we usually hear.

Some of his topics, such as not being quite able to part with his girlfriend after she has passed away, have been handled by musical funny men like Tom Lehrer and Chris de Burgh, but Page’s take is still an original twist on the theme.

I particularly like the song ‘If the Earth were a woman’, with its innocent innuendoes, and ‘You’re Ugly’, a song to which I confess I took exception when I first heard it at Comedy Unplugged. I felt that it was a bit mean, but when tucked in among the other gems, it works.

This show is about the realities of Love, about self-deprecation and seeing humour in life’s more twisted moments. 

It’s a Fringe highlight.


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