Luv: Good, but Dated, ShowBy Laura & Mike Clark • Apr 2nd, 2006 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of Springfield Community Theatre’s production of Luv [MP3 2:08 2MB]; or read the transcript.
Mike: Luv is the story of three people: Harry, Milt, and Ellen, who are trying to figure out what love is.
Laura: I liked it. I thought it was a good show. The three of them had a lot of lines to memorize.
Mike: The total show length was about an hour forty minutes with a fifteen minute intermission. They had a lot to keep straight. They played their parts well. The whole show included three people. Harry played by Tom Ziemba, Milt played by Cal Whitehurst, and Ellen played by Kim Gowland. Most of the time they worked really well together. Unfortunately, a couple of times they felt a little stiff. An example of that is when Milt gets tackled by Harry. Instead of struggling and fighting, Milt just kind of lays there with Harry sitting on him.
Laura: I thought the set was good. It was simple. It was a bridge in New York City. You had a bench, a black background, and a lamp post. I do think the bench could have been rotated some. In the second act when the three of them sit down, I could only see one of them. The other two were hidden. It would have been helpful if the bench could have faced more towards the audience.
Mike: I don’t think the show has aged well since the 1960’s. Mainly the character of Ellen. She talks about hating her intelligence and her education because she went to school to learn more. I didn’t like her talking like that. The actors also used modern day things like ebay that Milt used to make extra money and and a razor scooter that were not around in the 1960’s. That disconnect hurt a little bit.
Laura: The show is playing through next weekend at 8:00, not 7:30 like it says on the SCT website. So if you do go see Luv, just make sure you get there by 8. I think you will enjoy it, Luv was a good show.
Mike: And now, on with the show.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.