Soulstice Stages Love Song

Contemporary Comedy In An Intimate Setting

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Performing as it does in a very intimate spaces, Soulstice Theatre does contemporary shows remarkably well. From various small space at the Marian Center, Soulstice has staged a string of memorable shows with instantly recognizable titles: Lend Me A Tenor , Children of a Lesser God , Steel Magnolias and so on. Every now and then, theyll do something altogether unfamiliara contemporary show that has a bit of punch to it. To Gilian On Her 37th Birthday was a remarkably intimate drama. This week, Soulstice does an unfamiliar contemporary comedy with a very familiar title. John Kolvenbachs Love Song The show debuted in Chicago at Steppenwolf a few years ago. It has since been staged in an award-winning production on Londons West End. The Soulstice production opens Thursday.

Judging from the fragments of the script available online, this is a very, very fun show. The play opens with a silent first act. A man named Beane feels his tiny apartment space closing in on him. The second act features the mans sister Joan. Shes complaining to her husband Harry about some intern shes had to fire at the office . . .evidently because said intern cried when she confronted her on misfiling a document, the size of a phone book.

HARRY: You fired an intern because she cried?

JOAN: It was noon.

HARRY: That . . . Wow . . . Its not what your average mentor does in that sort of situation.

JOAN: Yeah, well.

HARRY: Thats maybe what Genghis Khan does in that situation.

And so on . . . Its funny stuff. The dialogue reads rapid-fire, back and forth comedy. And the situation outlined by the plot comes across as a lot of fun as well. Beane is suffering. He finds himself falling in love with a woman who broke into his apartment with the idea of burglarizing it. The woman in question (her name is Molly) is played here by Liz Mistele. Misteles good with offbeat characters., so this should be a great deal of fun. Beaners sister (who comes across with a brilliantly comic callousness in the above scene) is played by Jillian Smith, who has been particularly brilliant in a number of recent Soulstice shows, including the female lead in their Children Of A Lesser God some time ago. Jason Thompson plays Beane. Matthew Michaelis plays Harry. Ray Olsen plays a waiter. Josh Perkins is directing the show.

Soulstice Theatres production of Love Song runs May 20th June 5th at the Marian Center.

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