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Love Letters
a Romantic Comedy
by A.R. Gurney

COMPANY : Holly Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Holly Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 1505

SHOWING : February 03, 2006 - February 18, 2006



A truly unique and imaginative theater piece, LOVE LETTERS is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime, between two people who grew up together and went their separate ways, but continue to share confidences. The play--as the actors read the letters aloud--creates many evocative, touching, frequently funny and always telling situations between a male and a female character who are physically apart, but remain as close, spiritually, as two people could be.

Melissa Vanessa Cowie
Director Jennifer Rager
Andy Patrick Connaro
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by Holly Ghost
Thursday, February 9, 2006
Well, the Holly has started off admirably this season. A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters" isn't an easy project, resting the show squarely on the two actors who barely interact except for the letters they read to one another. The letters span fifty years or so from a next door neighbor accepting a birthday party invitation to Christmas and birthday cards to the outpourings from an unspeakable affair.

Jen Rager, director, makes a good debut. It looks like she really let the actors get into their roles, and the blocking is very natural most of the time, though sometimes you do sort of wonder why the character just up and moves to another area for no discernable reason. But overall, the direction seemed relatively natural.

The two actors, Vanessa Cowie and Dr. Pat Conneroe (I apologize if I misspelled his name, I don't have the program in front of me...) both were quite believable in their roles. Dr. Pat is a newcomer and I hope to see more of him. But Vanessa has performed at the Holly before, and she's always so powerful in her roles. The contrast of the two characters was nice, with Vanessa up and vibrant, while Dr. Pat sat most of the time, staying reserved. And the ending was very nice, with both actors playing the final scene with emotion but without overplaying it.

To be a little picky though, I thought that the stage was too cluttered and played up too much realism for the show. I think if they were going to play the show the way they did, less would have been more. A simple desk for both with the letters and the actors. Really put the focus on the characters and what they say. But with a couch and sveral different chairs and an easel and lamps and vases and side tables and on and on, it just kinda took the focus away.

Overall, an enjoyable show. It could have been better, but I think that may just be my particular tastes coming in. I don't know. Worth seeing for certain though. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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