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. More…
From the show:
A young man expects to spend a quiet summer with his parents in the Russian countryside, but soon discovers those three months will be most consequential of his life, as he learns the difference between love and passion, and the ephemeral nature of life itself.
About Love is a new play with songs and music, based on the exquisite short story, “First Love,” by Ivan Turgenev. Featuring a haunting jazz score by Nancy Harrow and a versatile cast of six playing eighteen characters, all within a bold, theatrical staging by Will Pomerantz, About Love promises to be a unique theatrical event.
Best known for his novel Fathers and Sons, and his play, A Month in the Country, Ivan Turgenev was one of the first Russian writers to achieve international fame. About Love is a fresh re-telling of one of his most memorable stories.
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
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.
See it if If you like Russia stories [ literature]. Well acted and each has multiple roles. A play of awakening.
Don't see it if If you do not like a time piece that takes you on a journey. Russian literature. Bare bones staging.
See it if 16 y.o. boy falls for 21 y.o. beauty surrounded by suitors in 19th c. Russia. Ecstatic highs & lows. Wonderful direction, acting & music.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in a surprising romantic tale that will evoke memories of your first love. Alternates use of narrative & dialog.
See it if u want a charming (& tragic), well-acted, simply (but effectively) staged, uniquely told memory play about the joy & anguish of first love.
Don't see it if you will be as bothered as I was by a jazz score to accompany a 19th C Russian drama.
See it if you enjoy a story well-told by an energetic, small cast, many speaking for the main character, occasionally bursting into song w/a good band
Don't see it if you want full staging - here clever use of minimal staging and props, some just motions, don't fail to enhance the story. Hard seats up frnt
See it if you feel like you need a vacation in a foreign place where romance suggests improbable possibilities that may never come again.
Don't see it if Russian class issues irritate you. Youthful romance depresses you. Small casts doubling & tripling confuse you.
See it if You love Russian lit and want a staged "novella" with characters narrating the book while playing multiple roles. Not for everyone.
Don't see it if Don't want fiction w play w music mashup. Kate Hamill-lite staging, jazz, bare-bones set only bored me, but delighted maj of audience.
See it if interested in adaptation of Turgenev's First Love with jazzy musical score; has charm, plot twists,manipulative female leading on young man.
Don't see it if impatient. Takes a while to get in gear. Gets more interesting as it progresses.
See it if you enjoy boy not maturing stories of obsession
Don't see it if you believe stories about a woman's whordom and boy blinded by an infatuation should not be on stage, unless nonfictional, in 2020.
See it if Smitten boy does stupid things for a manipulative woman he's into. She makes him and 4 others do things for her but they don't seem to mind.
Don't see it if Problematic notion of romance/love: falling for manipulative people and coming out of it still feeling smitten 🤮 1 hour 45 minutes no inter
See it if Beautifully told story of a 16 year old boy’s awakening of love, awareness and family betrayal. Stylish music with hypnotic voices.
Don't see it if Russian vintage story are not your kind of show.
See it if you like storytelling;like jazz;want to see something new & interesting,but based on a classic novella; want to see some NY acting debuts
Don't see it if you dislike storytelling w/as much narration as dialogue w/ multiple characters serving as narrators; find jazz & Russian folk music jarring
See it if you like adaptations of Russian stories. Like small intimate shows. OK with multiple actors reading main character's lines.
Don't see it if I honestly don't understand the raves for this show. I just didn't connect to it and found it hard to stay engaged. Very slow moving.
See it if You enjoy the idea of Russian lit mixed with Spring Awakening with a jazz score rather than indie-rock. You enjoy Brechtian plays.
Don't see it if You dislike plays that have a layer of artifice over the events. Don't care for jazz.
See it if you like vintage Russian family in the country tales (i.e. Chekov) about a young man coming-of-age, finding his "ideals' are quite flawed
Don't see it if you're looking for something heavy & intellectual; object to incongruous musical genres ( torch song, musical theater songs) in the story
See it if You want to see a fresh new play done in a unique way - keeping the tenor of the underlying Russian story. The male lead is excellent!
Don't see it if You want anything 'big'. You don't like Russian [themed] plays.
See it if U like good story telling and a fine ensemble cast in a play that has a difficult premise to get behind or find plausible.
Don't see it if U don’t like small stage productions, want a story that is at least plausible or prefer traditional musicals.
See it if You would enjoy a well-executed adaptation of a Russian novella with occasional musical interludes.
Don't see it if Like me, you are not a fan of third person narration in a play. The six actors take turns narrating the plot. Songs are short and few.
See it if It's almost a fairy tale. Everyone in it impresses. The staging is minimal but effective, the story is great, the music suits the plot.
Don't see it if It's not wholly happy, but it's a Russian story, so you knew that, right? You should see this; it's remarkably good.
See it if Interesting play about about a young man's first love with multiple characters portraying the young man as well. The play includes some song
Don't see it if And dance with four musicians. Don't see it if you prefer a full Broadway production. The play is based on Ivan Turgenev's First Love.
See it if You are a fan of Russian literature, or tragic love stories.
Don't see it if You are expecting a musical or a play. It’s unsatisfying as either. If you want something that holds your attention.
See it if good simple professional literate adaptation of great story. good music, good acting, good singing, good adaptation.
Don't see it if perhaps a little too busy, a little too much movement for its own sake. don't expect a musical, don't expect a full production.