Review: Love Letters
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When the young Andrew Makepeace Ladd III accepts an invitation to Melissa Gardner's birthday party, Melissa writes him a thank you note … and a unique romantic friendship and delicately warm correspondence destined to last for almost half a century is born.
Love Letters is the tender, tragi-comic story of the shared nostalgia, missed opportunities, and deep closeness of two lifelong, complicated friends.
A play that could have been written for the Covid era about two people physically separated yet brought together by candid communication and shared confidences, a romance blossoming across the miles and the years.
Emily ChappellPerformance date: Friday 11 December 2020
The concept of this production was great and it worked well considering it was 2 people sitting at desks reading letters for 1.5 hrs.
It had comedy and it tugged on the heart strings, but what I struggled with as a woman was what I felt was one of the underlying messages that arose from the storyline.
As a society it took us back to the 1960s where to a woman a man was everything.
Without one you couldn't survive.
Men were successful and women were not and if the man that you idolised didn't love you like you loved them, or choose you like you chose them, then life was not worth living.
I felt it represented women like they were trying to be strong and independent but overall were weak human beings compared to men.
The actors played their parts well but I walked away with anger rather than the sympathy I should have felt at the play's conclusion.
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