Soulstice’s Unspeakably Beautiful Love Song
Jason Thompson stars as Beane, a socially autistic
gentleman who values simplicity above all else. He keeps his possessions to a
minimum and keeps mostly to himself. As the play opens, we see the walls of his
tiny apartment closing-in on him. Thompson has a captivating vulnerability
about him that is thrown into disarray when his apartment gets broken into by a
violently excited burglar named Molly, played with explosive, emotionally
revolutionary passion by Liz Mistele. Mistele has perfect poise for this kind
of comically poetic drama.
Molly is the exact opposite of Beane. Naturally, Beane and Molly fall in love. The change that overcomes Beane causes considerable concern from his sister Joan (Jillian Smith) and her husband Harry (Matthew Michaelis.) Though they don’t play the roles nearly as straight, stuffy and conservative as the script seems to be leaning toward, Smith and Michaelis make for a charming married couple with a temperament that cleverly contrasts against the wild energy of the Beane and Molly dynamic.
The poetry in Kolvanbach’s dialogue sounds
remarkably natural as it respires through the cast. Thompson is given some
particularly surreal bits of poetry to breathe and he manages to render them
with a staggering amount of emotional reality. As abstract and nonlinear as it
can all seem at times, Thompson gives it an earthbound delivery that is
breathtakingly natural. He shares a poetic duet with Mistele near the end of
the play that is unspeakably beautiful.
Soulstice Theatre’s production of Love Song runs through June 5 at the Marian Center for Nonprofits.