Love Letters, It’s All in the Words

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy in 'Love Letters' at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy in 'Love Letters' at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre. (Carol Rosegg)

In the late 1980s, A.R. Gurney created an unusual play consisting only of a long correspondence between two people. But that play, Love Letters, has endured and has been seen in innumerable regional and amateur theater productions. Perhaps that’s because it’s easy to produce: no chorus lines, no costumes, no need for a balcony or a staircase on the stage set. The text is the lifelong correspondence between a man and woman of the East Coast upper crust and it is read by the actors on a bare stage rather than performed.

But perhaps, slight as the work is by some measures, its words are enough to compensate for what it otherwise does not have.

Now this durable play has come to Broadway in a production directed by Gregory Mosher and featuring a rotating cast of stars. Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow are the first two performers to kick off the run at the Brooks Atkinson Theater. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood offers his review.

Comments [1]

Great fun to read about this "play." I performed it many years
ago on Cape Cod with an actress and playwright who has won many
awards Cape wide for her performances and one woman shows. She is
now in New Jersey which is close for many of your local listeners.
Her name is Marj Conn. I'm now in Florida and don't get up north
often enough. And then, I usually spend most of my time on the
Cape or with family in CT. Would love to catch the new Broadway
production.

Sep. 24 2014 09:32 AM

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