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Games for Lovers review – truth or dare in the internet age

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There’s an air of holiday fun in Ryan Craig’s play about searching for romance in a digital world. It’s a fun, if predictable, watch

A giddy carefreeness underpins this light-hearted new comedy about love in the internet age – it feels as if everyone is cutting loose for the summer. Playwright Ryan Craig has penned a couple of big hitters for the National Theatre, including The Holy Rosenbergs, and the superlative sound designers Ben and Max Ringham are also on board. But no one has particularly stretched themselves. Anthony Banks’s production is efficient and easygoing – a perfectly fun yet fairly predictable watch.

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