LOVE LETTERS : A LYRICAL TALE POIGNANTLY TOLD

 

This actor friendly play, with its simple, sweet structure, has had a long history.  An actor and an actress take to the stage with scripts in hand and take their seats with a table between them. Each has a glass of water on the table in case their throats run dry.

They become the characters Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner and we follow their correspondence from early childhood to old age at which time Gardner dies and Makepeace, forever the writer, writes a final letter of condolence, replete with fond memories,  to Gardner’s mother.  

Over the years, many American actors have had their time playing in ‘Love Letters’. A combination I would have loved to see was when Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden, costars of the great sitcom ‘I Dream Of Jeannie’, performed the play in New York  in the early 1990s. 

Likewise, over the years, many leading Australian actors have performed the late American playwright’s A R Gurney’s work. In this  latest revival at the Ensemble Theatre two of our finest actors Tina Bursill and Andrew McFarlane take to the stage.

Bursill and McFarlane are often seen together on big show red carpets and are clearly very comfortable together. This held them in good stead, as they performed, with style, grace and subtlety, this lyrical, warm hearted tale of a life long friendship, which survived many ups and downs.

I wholeheartedly recommend LOVE LETTERS, well directed by Rachel Chant, which is playing the Ensemble Theatre on on 27 March at 2pm, 2 April at 2pm, 4 April at 7.30pm and 10 April at 2pm.