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Love Letters on Broadway

Review of Love Letters Broadway, a revival of A.R. Gurney's 1988 play, a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

A revival of Love Letters, A.R. Gurney's 1988 play, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is showing on Broadway this fall with a star-studded cycle of casts including: Brian Dennehy, Carol Burnett, Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg, Anjelica Huston and Martin Sheen:

Disarmingly funny and unforgettably emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love. Two friends, rebellious Melissa Gardner and straight-arrow Andrew Makepeace Ladd III have exchanged notes, cards and letters with each other for over 50 years. From second grade, through summer vacations, to college, and well into adulthood, they have spent a lifetime discussing their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, and victories and defeats. But long after the letters are done, the real question remains: Have they made the right choices or is the love of their life only a letter away?"

A review opportunity came up for Glamamom last Friday night starring Carol Burnett and Brian Dennehy, which I would have loved to have attended but I was occupied with wedding plans and sent my father Bill to attend. He's a life-long theater-goer and was very eager to see the show with Dennehy, whose Broadway and Hollywood resume, not to mention degree from Columbia, has always impressed him. He wasn't always a fan of Burnett but has come to admire her life work.

My interpretation of his feedback is that Love Letters is high-brow theater. There are no bells and whistles. The actors are sitting side by side at a table, conjoined by the embodiment of the letters they have exchanged for some fifty years. The audience learns all it knows about the two characters through their letters, from petty teenage jealousies to the ennui of later years. My father said he enjoyed the "meaningful and poignant repartee" that admittedly "pinched at my emotions."

He was careful to point out that the show is probably "not for fans of Stallone movies" and that being fond of the two actors reading will make all the difference in your enjoyment of Love Letters.

Love Letters Broadway, directed by Gregory Mosher, now through February 15th. 

{Tickets provided for review}