“Love, Love, Love” – preview by a theater blogger

Love, Love, Love is by Mike Bartlett, whose King Charles III was downright thrilling. It follows a couple of remarkably self-centered people from their meet-not-so-cute in the 1960s  (Act I) through their marriage and life with teenaged children (Act II) to their retirement years (Act III). If drama is about people learning or growing or changing, this is not a drama, although parts are quite moving. If comedy is about laughing at people who neither learn nor grow nor change, it’s definitely a comedy. And parts are quite funny.

In Act I, we meet our protagonists Kenneth and Sandra. They see themselves as free spirits, which allows them to get together while she is on a date with his brother Henry. They believe that “we’re going to die” is justification for doing whatever they want whenever they want.

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Richard Armitage is charming as Ken and manages to seem somewhat less selfish than Sandra, even though he is completely, horribly her equal.

 

More here: http://showshowdown.blogspot.ro/2016/09/love-love-love.html

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