ACTS OF LOVE
By KATHRYN CHETKOVICH
ANDREW DAWSON, ANDREW REIN, ABBY ROYLE, DIANE TYLER
Directed by MARC GELLER
Producer: STEPHEN MORFESIS
Stage Manager: BERNITA ROBINSON
Scenic Design: AARON MASTIN
Lighting Design: FRANK DenDANTO III
Costume Design: DENNIS BALLARD
Original Music: DANIEL T. DENVER
Press Representative: KPM ASSOCIATES
410 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues)
Opening Night: November 6, 2007
Kathryn Chetkovich’s ACTS OF LOVE is about a family that on the supposedly joyful 20th wedding anniversary of Ed (Andrew Dawson) and Sheila (Diane Tyler) is finally forced to reveal secrets and face unpleasant truths. Surviving son Tom (Andrew Rein) brings his new girlfriend Annie (Abby Royle) to the summer home for what he terms as a “five-meal visit,” and suddenly nothing is quite as simple as it originally seemed.
While the circumstances under which these individuals meet and re-meet are border-line bizarre, it is to Chetkovich’s credit that she keeps it all credible. There’s both pathos and humor, and she tempers one with the other in a mesmerizing fashion. The cast does a magnificent job of presenting characters both eccentric and endearing, and you end up rooting for each one although a win for one may necessitate a loss for another. In the end ACTS OF LOVE is a tribute to the diversity and purpose of families. It beautifully illustrates the needs that bring individuals together and the love that keeps them together under the most desperate of times.
- Laurie Lawson -