BWW Reviews: A Preview of QUAKE: A LOVE STORY Before it Heads to NYC Fringe Festival


Next week two Orlando-based actors, Justin Baldwin and Kelly Kilgore, under the direction of Trevin Cooper embark on their journey to the New York City International Fringe Festival. The NYC Fringe Festival is the largest multi-art festival in North America, hosting an off-the-Richter-scale, 200 arts companies performing more than 1200 performances.

QUAKE: A LOVE STORY is the saga of a couple whose marriage is ending. A powerful earthquake traps Hannah and Joe in a small closet, where they are forced to be with each other for an unknown period of time.

The audience is a fly on the wall at the epicenter of a broken relationship. The tension and anger is palpable from Hannah (Kelly Kilgore), who is clearly the one to break off the relationship. Joe, (Justin Baldwin) is a typical man when confronted by the rage of a woman. The magnitude of being trapped highlights their issues, but also the charms of the pair's relationship. With only the contents of the junk closet, a few glass jars, and a leaky ceiling to sustain them, the pair passes the time by reminiscing and viciously attacking their flaws. There is resilience, but when hope lost, all they have is each other to survive.

The love/hate chemistry between Kilgore and Baldwin is worth a trip to New York. The physical comedy and seemingly impromptu musical outbursts make QUAKE thoroughly enjoyable. The beautifully written script, drops various earthquake tidbits that work incredibly well with the plot. Notably, Joe is hit in the head early on and suffers from Aphasia, which Baldwin executes naturally.

QUAKE: A LOVE STORY will show at the New York City International Fringe Festival beginning Saturday, August 17. Orlando-ers, if you happen to be visiting NYC, support your local theater artists and check them out. Promising to be performed in a small venue, this intimate affair will make seismic waves in New York. For more information visit

Earlier this Summer, BroadwayWorld interviewed the Baldwin and Kilgore about the show.

Photo Credit: Justin Baldwin

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