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First Love

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Members say: Slow, Disappointing, Quirky, Great acting, Romantic

About the show

Through the eyes of celebrated playwright Charles L. Mee, a couple in their sixties meet and fall in love - for the first time in their lives.  More…

'First Love' embraces Edith and Harold as they work their way toward one another through the accumulated baggage of their lives, wondering if they can avoid sabotaging the last chance for love they'll ever have.


Member Reviews (50)

MEMBERS SAY:

Slow, Disappointing, Quirky, Great acting, Romantic
65
Avg Score

70
Funny, Refreshing, Resonant, Romantic

See it if If you want a one act, one hour play. Smart, economical set.

Don't see it if If a love story isn't your thing. If you want a musical instead.

72
Slow, Romantic, Quirky, Ambitious, Well acted & staged

See it if An elegiac ode to senior love Mee's in a minor key with his collage shaped tragi-comedy Weild's deft direction & heartfelt leads ground it

Don't see it if Not for those annoyed by non-linear form - a Mee specialty Meanders from political to karaoke; the literary to senior sex, wistful to banal

70
Romantic, Sexy, Mature, Scattershot, Arbitrary

See it if you'd like to see a woman & a man of retirement age treated as loving, sexual human beings.

Don't see it if you have an aversion to seeing older bodies in sexual situations.

Also Good to see Charles Mee deal onstage with love & sex among the senior ... Read more Read less

71
Funny, Slow, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you follow playwright Charles Mee, enjoy surreal setting & absurd dialogue charting course of a relationship seeing senior citizens in love

Don't see it if not open to depictions of senior citizens in love, prefer realistic, linear plot lines, don't enjoy 2-handers or satire

80
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Romantic

See it if you enjoy seeing two wonderful older actors falling in love (on stage) and in a very entertaining manner. Nice staging.

Don't see it if you don't believe in romance. I think this show appeals more to women but men can appreciate the witty dialogue and staging.

65
Slow, Indulgent, Quirky, very quirky

See it if Fan of Mee's style of storytelling. It's odd, abstract, some light/dark truths-this time about 60+ yo's falling in love. Not for all.

Don't see it if Want representational, linear theater on realistic set w non-magical characters. Has its moments & actors are OK, but you'll soon tire of it

86
Sweet, Heart-warming, Mature, Charming, Refreshing

See it if I loved this show increasingly as it unfolded and recommend it to anyone over 40 who yearns for something mature.

Don't see it if If you need snap, crackle and pop, so to speak, to make your experience worthwhile. I don't recommend this to those under 30.

71
Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Romantic, Slow

See it if You want to ponder the complexity of love at any age, told in an impressionistic style as only Mee can do

Don't see it if You want traditional or avant garde theater , this is in the middle

75
Quirky, Cool set, Thought-provoking, Daring, Low key

See it if You are in the mood for a thoughtful, low key theatre escape. You like relationship analysis.

Don't see it if Desire dynamic production values -- though the Magritte inspired set is lovely.

Also The two lead performances are quite fine -- though I found it hard to ... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Delightful, Confusing, Quirky

See it if The acting is great, especially Angelina. Heartwarming to see an older couple in romance.

Don't see it if The play is disjointed with its mystical overtones, extra character and some confusing actions and reactions.

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Resonant

See it if You are of a certain age and like to reminisce. The third character is interesting and has beautiful, creative costumes. Excellent acting.

Don't see it if You are looking for a story with a complicated plot and many twists.

66
Great staging, Quirky, Intelligent, Slow

See it if Like Two Character plays about the philosophy of love. Can be very preachy...Good Staging.

Don't see it if You get bored when you get enough action on stage.

49
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if You like plays that aren’t plays but a meandering conversation about love punctuated by a couple of love songs and one domestic argument.

Don't see it if You wish they’d stop producing plays that have sat in some ‘name’ playwright’s drawer since college. You are irritated by actors so defeated

Also by the sappy writing and lack of meaningful direction they can barely ... Read more Read less

48
Slow, Insipid, Excruciating, Banal

See it if Don’t bother! A complete waste of talent and time. Not what I thought it would be considering the title.

Don't see it if You really are into romantic stories. This is definitely not romantic, but very disappointing. A comedown for two talented actors!

50
Strange, Tedious

See it if You like surrealistic theatre that doesn't make a lot of sense.

Don't see it if You require plays to have some movement and a coherent dramatic line.

67
Disappointing, Romantic, Great acting, Slow

See it if Linear dramas about relationships

Don't see it if Serious dramas with a touch of comedy

79
Absorbing, Relevant, Romantic

See it if You like a different love story; quirky. I liked it, but the end was disappointing.

Don't see it if You like a more traditional play.

70
Funny, Bizarre, Romantic, Ridiculous

See it if you enjoy Charles Mee and his usual setup of plays

Don't see it if you have a hard time following plots that are not decisively linear, or are weirded out by seeing older people have sex on stage!

60
Disappointing, Cliched, Indulgent, Insipid, Slow

See it if you like Charles Mee's work. It's an acquired taste.

Don't see it if you want a straightforward naturalistic story.

54
Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow, Pretentious

See it if you like talking about love in later life without any plot

Don't see it if you want actual insights and emotions

55
Slow, Disappointing, Awkward

See it if you are fans of the two leads or of the usually impressive Cherry Lane repertoire, or are open to stories of mature love.

Don't see it if you are disinterested in romance and soul-baring, prefer toe-tapping musicals with no emotional content, are put off by mild partial nudity.

Also It's not as if the situations presented are implausible — they're with... Read more Read less

75
Enchanting, Great acting, Romantic

See it if A very unusual love story inspired by the paintings of Magritte. I enjoyed the relationship of the two main characters.

Don't see it if Lots of dialogue, can get slow, directed towards Boomers. The young lady representing Magritte seemed unnecessary. Why was she there?

60
Wacky, Disappointing, Funny, Confusing, Indulgent

See it if you're up for a mostly absurdist, intermittently funny and thoroughly miscellaneous 80 minutes.

Don't see it if you'd rather spend your time with more traditional fare.

Also I don't know much about the author, Charles Mee, but based on this and... Read more Read less

49
Banal, Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if Frankly, I can't think of one reason to recommend it.

Don't see it if You want to see a well-written play.

Also The theme of the play was appealing, but the execution was confusing a... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You love good acting and beautiful writing and poetic references and like a quirky love story. Michael O'Keefe is phenomenal

Don't see it if If you need big shows to peak and keep your interest.


June 15th, 2018
“Mercifully, it’s over in 85 minutes...Aside from the consummate stupidity of words dumped into a word processor by the author for no other reason than to see his own voice land in total silence, and the stillborn direction there’s nothing much to acknowledge here...It’s embarrassing to watch two...
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June 19th, 2018
“‘First Love’ is a tricky play. Negatively received on its first NY go-round nearly 17 years ago, it's unapologetically idiosyncratic. Edith and Harold spontaneously burst into song...Weild is completely in tune with Mee's collage-like style, and has guided her designers the same way...Not for ev...
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June 20th, 2018
“Is there anything more charming than watching two older people falling in love? Well, perhaps. Like when the romance occurs...in ‘the world of Magritte.’ Add the delightful performances of Michael O'Keefe and Angelina Fiordellisi, as a pair of old-school leftists bonding over common pasts...and ...
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June 20th, 2018
“A series of fey vaudeville routines, mildly Beckettian in nature and packed with aphorisms about life and love that could have been lifted from fortune cookies...O'Keefe and Fiordellisi are nimble and game performers, willing and able to contort themselves into whatever attitude Mee dreams up, b...
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