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About Love
East Village
80

About Love NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(45 Reviews)
Positive
89%
Mixed
11%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great acting, Enchanting, Romantic, Absorbing, Entertaining

About the Show

Based on Ivan Turgenev's short story, this new play with songs and music tells the story of a young man, whose summer in the Russian countryside changes everything.

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Member Reviews (45)

89
Poignant, Well staged, Strong acting/singing, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you like coming-of-age stories. Joys/woes of 1st love. Gr perfs fr 2 leads. Clever adaptn. Modern songs underscore timeless emotions. Go see

Don't see it if you only like political focus; this is ABOUT LOVE (tho social status matters). Untradl story-telling. Gr band. Effective barebones set/costu

92
Enchanting, Great writing, Absorbing, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy great storytelling. This is an engrossing story, made even more enjoyable with the addition of music. Great acting/costumes.

Don't see it if You don’t like bare bones staging. Six actors playing multiple roles and using mostly only an assortment of chairs for a set. Read more

Critic Reviews (5)

March 5th, 2020

"About Love Is Actually About Power and Blinkered Notions of Masculinity: Ivan Turgenev's First Love receives a new stage adaptation"
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March 5th, 2020

"I can't speak to the wisdom of musicalizing 'First Love' because the people behind 'About Love' haven't really done the job…you could remove them from the production with no material difference in the storytelling."
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March 4th, 2020

"'About Love' is a rewarding and melancholy theatrical experience as it taps into the folly and heartbreak associated with first love. Additionally, the play makes a compelling case for reevaluating Turgenev's contributions to world literature."
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March 12th, 2020

"The lovely show is best described as story theater in which all of the characters narrate at one time or another...and all but the hero and heroine play multiple roles. If one is looking for a musical, this is not it but it eventually is a captivating staging of the story, if a bit on the long side."
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March 5th, 2020

Score: 92% "...an intriguing lovely evening about first love, and forbidden love, and confusing hard love, and the games that get played in-between. Everyone is picture-perfect."
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