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"Old Love"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

The Renaissance City Theatre Inc., the producing entity at the Granite Theatre's current show is Norm Foster's "Old Love". From the author of "The Love List", the story spans three decades and a half a dozen meetings between Bud Mitchell, a salesman and Molly Graham, his boss' wife. One of them is smitten from the first meeting, the other less so. Foster has written clever and witty dialogue celebrating the pursuit of love, the kind of love that makes you breathe a little faster. He's recently divorced while she's newly widowed. At her husband's funeral an old acquaintance emerges to pay his respects, leading to re-awakening of forgotten emotions. It is a story of romance, courtship and relationships between older adults. David Jepson not only directs this heart warming, comic show but does double duty playing Bud.

David and his lovely wife, Beth Jepson play these demanding roles beautifully. The show moves back and forth through the twenty five years as the audience sees how their relationship began and progressed. Some of the funniest moments occur in the funeral scene in act 1 where he makes many faux pas and in the window scene in Act 2 when he is wooing her to go out with him at last. David and Beth have wonderful chemistry together as these two characters. The moral of the story is love alone is enough to sustain a relationship. One of Beth's funniest lines is now that she is a grandmother, grandmothers have to act like they have a dried up vagina. Stephanie Rodger and Jim Doherty are excellent as the high energy younger counterparts of Molly and Bud. Their scenes together crackle with intensity.

The supporting cast play their roles wonderfully. Ann Gestrich plays Kitty, the hot to trot wife of Bud. She is an absolute bitch as Kitty. Ann has some funny moments at the Christmas parties, criticizing her husband and making goo goo eyes at Arthur. Ryan Sekac plays Molly's philandering husband, Young Arthur Graham and Tom Steenburg plays their son, Arthur, Jr. Tom is only in one scene in the second act but he makes it count. So for a look at a poignant yet comic look at the adage love can be enjoyed and savored by people of all ages, be sure to catch "Old Love" by the Renaissance City Theatre Inc at the Granite Theatre.

"Old Love" (11 April - 4 May)
RENAISSANCE CITY THEATRE INC.
@ The Granite Theatre, 1 Granite Street, WESTERLY RI
1(401)596-2341

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