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Love/Sick

a Comedy/Drama
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by John Cariani

COMPANY : Aurora Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Discovery Point Studio [WEBSITE]
ID# 4914

SHOWING : June 17, 2016 - June 19, 2016

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

A darker cousin to "Almost, Maine," John Cariani’s LOVE/SICK is a collection of ten slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, this 85-minute romp explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, LOVE/SICK is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone. LOVE/SICK is part of the 2016 AppCo Alumni Series in the Peach State Federal Credit Union Studio at the Aurora Theatre.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Cate Lightburn
Celia, Jill, Emily Rose Alexander
Andy, Bill, Kevin Chase Steven Anderson
Mark, Jake Dan Ford
Louise, Sam Abby Holland
Woman, Sarah, Abbie Brooke Owens
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Love/Joy
by playgoer
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
4.0
John Cariani is best known for "Almost, Maine," a collection of vaguely interrelated short plays. The same playwright’s "Love/Sick" takes on another collection that provides a general chronology of falling in love, courtship, marriage, parenthood, divorce, and reconnecting. A troupe of eight actors take on different roles in each play, with some relationships more gender-neutral than others. All have a connection to shopping at the Super Center warehouse store, most notably in the initial play, where shopping carts, emblazoned with a Super Center logo, form an important part of the action.

Props are first-rate across the board. Costumes aren’t as impressive, but Cate Lightburn’s fluid direction and varied lighting make the show move in a delightful fashion. The stage configuration at the Aurora black box theatre is problematic, with heads of audience members in the front rows tending to block the view of wide swaths of the stage, but Ms. Lightburn has staged most of the action far enough from the first row and with a variety of sightline angles to ensure that everyone in the audience gets a generally equivalent experience, even though the most visible portion of the stage (against the back wall) is used as storage for the many set pieces.

Acting is generally terrific, and interactions among actors tend to be honed for effect. These actors haven’t been left to their own devices to create an engaging evening of entertainment. Lots of segments have delightful moments, but for me (and for many audience members), the highlight of the show is Brooke Owens’ turn as a wife who feels her relationship with her husband of a year and a half has grown stale. How she expresses her boredom and what she does to spark a non-boring conversation cause smiles of delight and a few gasps in the audience. That’s the highlight, but the evening as a whole is a charming, increasingly sobering look at how love changes over time. Or is it the people who change, with love still remaining behind, like a discarded item on a rarely-viewed shelf? [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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