First Love

First Love NYC Reviews and Tickets

(51 Ratings)
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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. 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (51)

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366 Reviews | 77 Followers
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.

812 Reviews | 133 Followers
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.

56 Reviews | 10 Followers
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.

273 Reviews | 36 Followers
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.

322 Reviews | 93 Followers
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.

448 Reviews | 89 Followers
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. Read more

186 Reviews | 17 Followers
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?

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
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

Critic Reviews (12)

The Observer
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 distinguished artists playing meatheads beyond their prime...It’s even worse to see them trapped in a ludicrous waste of time and talent by a writer of such ineptitude."
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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 everyone, but Fiordellisi and O'Keefe make for a thoroughly charming pair as these two unlikely lovers. Neither one hit a single false note, even as Mee's writing becomes overly florid.”
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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 ‘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 you have a sweet, funny, and quirky way to pass a bit of time…By no means the deepest play you'll ever encounter, but it's a sweet little abstract delight.”
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Lighting & Sound America
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, but the net effect is of watching balls rolling in separate tracks, following their prearranged paths, never meeting in any significant way...To me, this is first love without rapture, transport, or wit.”
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June 17th, 2018

“Depending on one’s taste it could either be enchanting or 75-minutes of strained whimsy...A nostalgic ode to Mee’s early years as the two main characters are old-time New York City Leftists...The dialogue is heightened, poetic and with Beckettian reveries. Though the play is not very compelling, its good-natured spirit sustains it...Crisp direction has the action flowing smoothly...A minor though charming work and it is an opportunity to experience Charles Mee’s sensibility."
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June 16th, 2018

“Will elicit from theatergoers either a smile or a shrug. But, like it or not, it's an intriguing 180-degree turn from the conventional romantic comedy...Mee's romance tackles the issue of age-ism head on, and resonates with the post-Woodstock zeitgeist...There's no linear narrative...For those who need something to hold onto in a play, this romantic romp may prove exasperating at times...That said, this well staged and performed revival gives 'First Love' an exhilarating second life."
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Theatre is Easy
June 14th, 2018

"An exquisitely constructed, deeply moving tale…There's a profound kindness, along with an effortless sort of whimsy stemming from a thorough understanding of humanity…In his uniquely poetic language and fascinating imagery, Charles Mee presents an exquisite love story that is mesmerizing, and above all painfully honest…A story that will make you laugh out loud and weep tears of understanding."
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Theater Pizzazz
June 14th, 2018

“Short but bittersweet…‘First Love’ manages to expertly catch that intangible quality that changes everyday companionship into heart-stopping true love…O’Keefe is so believable in his role as the stubborn but insecure Harold that it’s easy to forget this is not real life…It would be impossible to watch this 90-minute snapshot of life and not feel some kind of jolt in your own memory. The pain and joy of Edith and Harold’s experience is relatable, absorbing, and often quite funny.”
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