Meet Beane. He's depressed. His well-meaning sister, Joan, and brother-in-law,
Harry, try and make time for him in their busy lives,
but no one can get through. Following a burglary on
Beane's apartment, Joan is baffled to find her brother
blissfully happy and in love with his assailant, Molly.
Suddenly Beane's got something to live for, and that's
contagious enough to transform his sister's life too
- right down to the nuts and bolts of her marriage.
Unfortunately, Beane's got a problem that could land
them all right back where they started. Funny, enchanting
and wonderfully touching, John Kolvenbach’s Olivier
Award-Nominated, offbeat comedy is a rhapsody to the
power of love in all its forms.
Running time: 2 hours, including one 15 minute intermission.
(Photos by Matthew Sussman. Click images for production photos.)
THE REVIEWS ARE IN!
Named a "Voice Choice" by the Village Voice!
Chris McKittrick, Daily Actor - "One of the best NYC theaters wows me again...Now in its fourth season, New York
City’s The Seeing Place has constantly demonstrated
but the only thing that never changes is the quality
of the performance and the value of the ticket prices...
There’s a lot of nuances that come through here,
which you can’t find on the page a play’s written
on. After seeing four performances from The Seeing
Place I can assure you that you’re not going to find
this level of talent at this price anywhere else
in Manhattan. "
Will Kenton, Cultural Capitol - "The Seeing Place Theater’s production is as close to perfect as Love Song will
get. Marnie Klar’s (Joan) transformation from hard-bitten
and shrill to sensuous and compassionate compliments
Jason Wilson’s (Harry) evolution from obtuse dude
to sensitive guy. Erin Cronican is feisty and fun
as Beane’s imaginary friend Molly. And Brandon Walker’s
(Beane) is equally depressing and horrible in the
first act as he is matured and right on in the second
Love Song is the kind of show The Seeing Place does
very well, and it is their commitment to affordable,
entertaining, live theater that keeps audiences coming
back for more."
Zak Risinger, Theatre is Easy - "Love Song is definitely a thinking person’s comedy....
told with a lot of honesty and heart performed by
a strong ensemble. This production is extremely intimate
and personal. The ensemble works exceptionally well
together and I would be hard-pressed to single any
one performance out over the other. Every performer
is putting 101% of their heart and soul out on the
stage and it’s a beautiful thing to watch. I hope
that The Seeing Place Theater continues to push the
boundaries of theater in the off off Broadway community
by producing thoughtprovoking, smart, and well-acted
theatre. Oh, and tickets are only $12. You really
can’t beat that."
Peter Filichia, Kritzerland - "I always get to the Seeing Place Theater whenever this young, ambitious company
does a show. Even after only a few productions, I
learned that Brandon Walker and Erin Cronican are
two wonderful actors in town. And while Walker has
a big part in Love Song, the current production of
John Kolvenbach’s play, Cronican has a small one.
(Well, she did direct, too.) Was I disappointed?
No – because Seeing Place offered me two other extraordinary
actors: Marnie Klar and Jason Wilson, playing a married
couple that just doesn’t know what to do with her
moody and seemingly unstable brother Beane (Walker).
Suddenly, however, Beane has perked up because he’s
found love. Or has he? If that sounds odd, Kolvenbach well explains it. Find out how at the ATA on West 54th through
Jennifer Szulman, ReviewFix - "Tear Worthy...'Love Song' tackles not only a story between a man and his inner
turmoil and the effect it has on those who love him.
The issue of mental illness as a whole is presented
in a respectable and professional manner. The characters
are relatable and seem like they could be your co-workers
or next-door neighbors. Beane’s zest for life is
replenished with Molly’s presence and when he’s in
high spirits, the happiness is contagious. 'Love
Song' is a beautiful story and may even cause you
a tear or two."
J Scott Mitchell, Reviews Off Broadway - "A Funny and Touching Love Song... The Seeing Place Theater is exploring 'Fantasy
vs Reality: The Games Our Minds Play' this season,
and they have opened with a wonderful show, Love
Song by John Kolvenbach...Erin Cronican’s character Molly
benefits from lovely writing, and she gives a nicely
restrained performance. A burglar that stirs emotion
in wounded psyche, and then responds to it, is a
tough act to render believably. 'Love Song' is sweet
and funny, as well as a fascinating look at the power
of emotion. So much of the story and
acting is great...the play
Rob Lester, NiteLife Exchange - "The Seeing Place must be the place to go...While I must say I was more taken
with the acting and sympathetic portrayals and directing
choices than the play itself, I was increasingly
pulled in, especially in the second act...Certainly
this strong company of actors make their characters'
personalities immediately felt, through nicely detailed
arsenals of quirks, looks, and interaction...A play
that makes us think without preaching or providing
pat answers is always welcome."
J.R. Yussuf, Actor Blogger - "[The play] reminded me that we are all incredibly fragile and our actions & moods affect all others in our lives, much like dropping a pebble into a pond.
You see the ripple effect of Beane "getting better" everywhere you look...The acting was completely
natural, best described as conversational. I felt like
I was watching everyday people live their everyday
lives...This production was incredibly intriguing and
played by beautiful spirits that obviously enjoy
truth on and off the stage. It left me with a bittersweet
feeling at the end that was only satiated by the
mini-talk-back in the lobby once it was done. I would
recommend people of all ages and ethnicities to see
this play because of its affordability (only 12
bucks!) and because it did a good job of bringing mental
illness to a proximity that made it look more normal. "
Emma J Purvey, Actor Blogger - "As an actress it's always a pleasure to watch other performances. I find myself
walking away entertained and inspired by the experience.
Such was the case with the play Love Song by John
Kolvenbach, performed by The Seeing Place Theater...The
theater is in a great location, only moments from
Columbus Circle. Love Song ends on December 9th so
I would purchase tickets now before they sell out.
It feels good to support Indie theater. The Seeing
Place Theater is known for intensely intimate ensemble
work. That passion and intimacy is evident in Love
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Casting Complete for Off-Broadway's Love Song (via Playbill)
Live Tweeting of LOVE SONG (via Megan Smith)
Beane - Brandon Walker+*
Joan - Marnie Klar*
Harry - Jason Wilson
Molly - Erin Cronican+*
Bill - Javan Nelson
Director - Erin Cronican+*
Producers - Brandon Walker+* & Erin Cronican+*
Costume & Properties Design - Gabrielle Loneck
Lighting Design - Zach Pizza
Set Design - Joe Arnow
+ = Company
* = Member of AEA
This production was produced alongside our off-night, Special Presentation of Robert King's award-winning solo
show, Halfrican American.