‘Love Letters’ comes to Elgin Theatre
By Annie Alleman For Sun-Times Media June 14, 2013 9:20AM
♦ June 14-16, 21-23, 28-30
♦ Kimball Street Theater, at Kimball Street and Dundee Avenue, Elgin
♦ Tickets, $12-$15
♦ (847) 741-0532
Updated: June 14, 2013 9:20AM
The Elgin Theatre Company presents a play about lifelong love and friendship.
The Pulitzer Prize-nominated “Love Letters,” by A.R. Gurney, will be shown June 14-30 at the Kimball Street Theater in Elgin. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays.
“Love Letters” is a unique play in that it involves only two actors on a simple stage reading letters between two people exchanged over a lifetime. It is directed by Linda Collins of Elk Grove Village.
“It’s about two well-to-do people and their lives, and how they share their lives with each other through letters,” she said. “It’s funny, it’s poignant, it’s touching, it’s exciting and it’s sad. It’s life. They start at about age 7 all the way through their 50s. It’s very touching. It’s something I think anyone can relate to at some point, if not throughout the whole thing.”
She promises that a play about two people simply talking will hold audiences’ attention.
“You can hear a pin drop,” she said. “It’s so well-written. It has a roller coaster of emotions. It brings back all of those familiar times everyone goes through.”
The characters each come from similar backgrounds, and fall in and out of love with each other over the years.
The character of Andy sticks to the rules. His father has taught him that with wealth comes responsibility, and that you have to serve and be a fine, upstanding person. Melissa comes from a wealthy but dysfunctional family, and she finds that wealth cannot buy happiness.
“There’s a lot of amazing, underlying subtext,” she said.
She has four couples doing the show. Her principles, husband and wife Chris and Sheri Warren, are doing the Friday and Saturday shows. On the three Sundays, there are three different couples doing their interpretations of the characters.