BY ALICE KLUGHERZ “I (Honestly) Love You” is a comedy about love and the terrors of both honesty and lying in a relationship, written by Damon Lockwood (who is also one of the actors). The four performers are so good you could swear they wrote it together. Like a well practiced team each of the actors plays numerous characters as well as coat racks, tables and other non-living objects. The show moves so fast it’s like watching a relay race of words and physical comedy. The story wraps around the romance of Lloyd Rees, played by Paul Goddard, and Belle Ashton, played by George Gayler with Talei Howell-Price and Damon Lockwood playing friends, waiters and more. Lloyd and Paul meet in a fancy coffee shop and soon discover they both have the same disease – Vitiositas Veritas – an inability to lie. As most of us know, even a small dose of this affliction can cause trouble in a relationship. But in this show it is the premise from which all jokes spring. One of the first lines in the show is like a dare: “If love is a drug then truth is a poison”. The rest of the show is a wild ride that just might disprove this hypothesis. The story turns romantic clichés inside out to a shiny new side that makes you laugh something awful. Mr....Read More
Author: Tulis McCall
Because I don’t read anything about a show before I go see it (I prefer to read about what I was supposed to think after the fact) I thought this was a musical about The Rascals. I also thought – Whaaaaaaat??? Imagine my surprise when I discovered that this show is not ABOUT The Rascals. It IS The Rascals, Felix Cavaliere on keyboard and vocals, Eddie Brigati on vocals, Dino Danelli on drums and Gene Cornish on guitar, over 40 years after they released their first record. And let me tell you: the joint was jumpin’. The show started with an announcement that “If you have a cell phone or camera you can record, or take pictures or do whatever the F**k you want!!” The second the curtain rose to reveal the band (after an unnecessary prologue, but more about that later) the audience was roaring. Literally. Even though the Richard Rogers has had its share of musicals – Guys and Dolls, Damn Yankees, Nine – I don’t think this house has had anything quite like this: a rock concert for people who love sweet rock and roll and who treasure an evening where they don’t have to act their age. The guy sitting in front of me was on oxygen, okay? By the end of the show he was standing and cheering. Most of the audience was more informed than...Read More
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