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Sometimes Love Comes to Us in Unexpected Ways

Written by Martin Rabbett and Jocelyn Fujii | Review by Ananya Jana

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]artin Rabbett and Jocelyn Fujii’s, “Sometimes Love” is a musical play about passion, unemployment, and broken love. But at the end of it all, the reader finds a true appreciation for relationships and what the good ones bring to our life.

Ultimately, the play proves that love can heal broken hearts.

Sometimes, words, as much we need them, just aren’t enough. Some things are only felt in the heart. Perhaps this heart knows the pain and has attempted to heal it with compassion, and all that.

Sometimes Love Isn’t Enough

On the other hand —

As much as we love to give, we must remember to allow another to do the same for us. Nevertheless, deep inside, wish may we could find someone who loves as big as we do, and think, maybe that would be the answer.

If someone breaks our heart, we wish we could sidestep the sadness, quicken it, or overlook the fact that it’s broken. Maybe we could even build a new relationship with someone else.

Unfortunately, we sadly realize that’s just not how it works.

Meanwhile, we know they were only capable of giving us half of themselves. And, conversely, we are incapable of giving anything but all of us when we find someone we truly value.

So Sometimes love is unbalanced

Our love-interest may need more time to catch up to our healed and beating, ready to love heart. Perhaps they’re just not ready yet.

Most importantly, our heart developed eyes and we could see what love really looked like.

A heart made from fallen leaves on the ground with the reflection of water, symbolizing sometimes love.
Image via Unsplash by Roman Kraft

What’s more —

All this time we’ve been looking for love and we’ve been looking in the wrong form. Real love, we now know, is more spiritual than physical. And we really couldn’t spot it with our natural eyes, nor with our mind’s eye.

We can only see true love with the heart

The other side of the play portrayed all the characters individually: Drew, Cody, Shay, Rodrigo, Susie, Zach, and Nate. The characters are placed on the right, which makes the play more effective as well as innovative towards the reader.

Readers connect to the characters in the play through friends they may know in real life —

The two gay couples, heterosexual couples, and the sister of the protagonist, Drew, are all in their 30s and 40s.

Except for three longtime male friendships, their tribe is awash in betrayal. The writers did a marvelous plotting for Drew and Cody.

Additionally, the relationship between Cody and Shay and the way they engage and at times is hilarious.

That’s not all —

The plot structure differs from the whole musical portion of the screenplay. There’s an exposition, a rising action, climax, the falling action, and the resolution.

Man playing the piano via film freeway, "Sometimes Love"
Image via FilmFreeway

As the play progresses, we become much like the main character, seeking to unveil the truth, and discover the ties that bind.

The script is entirely original. Not to mention, all the pieces come together in the end and somehow reach out to touch the audience’s heart.

I absolutely loved this screenplay and say every inch of the plot is pitch perfect. As if that’s not enough, it’s written with such beauty and grace, it was like reading a love song.

The words flow so effortlessly and the reader feels every emotion the writer painted with each word.

About Martin Rabbett and Jocelyn Fujii

Martin Rabbett is a writer and producer, known for “Island Son” (1989), “The Bourne Identity” (1988) and “Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold” (1986). He is currently working on a new musical, “Unlikely Allies” as music composer and co-lyrics/co-scriptwriter.

Jocelyn Fujii, a native of Kaua’i and award-winning writer, has written about island life since her first days as a Honolulu Star-Bulletin reporter. Her books include “Under the Hula Moon”, “In the Lee of Hualalai”, “The Persis Collection of Contemporary Art”, and her new children’s book, “Pono, the Dog That Dreams”. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Westways, International Herald-Tribune, and other national publications.

Ananya Jana
Ananya Jana

Ananya Jana finished her master degree in Journalism and mass communication. She’s the event coordinator and also loves to explore different genres of film. Jana is a passionate writer and believes that real writing equals authentical writing without the veneer and excuses in order to reach the audience at a heart level.  She believes that when she writes she comes alive and the energy ignites. Her passion for writing focuses on character-driven plotlines.


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