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First Love
West Village
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First Love NYC Reviews and Tickets

64%
(51 Reviews)
Positive
35%
Mixed
51%
Negative
14%
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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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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

Critic Reviews (12)

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 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 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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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 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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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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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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June 15th, 2018

"It’s a very talky play. And here’s the hitch: They are explicating the wonders of love, of first-love, of just-in-time-love, of the-rest-of-our-lives love and you certainly hear it, but, you don’t ever feel it...Fiordellisi’s Edith is on-again-off-again radiant...If you see a lot of theater and you want to see something odd and edgy, this might do it for you. If you want a taste of downtown theater with a whiff of the bizarre, consider it...It is interesting but not satisfying."
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June 17th, 2018

“Fiordellisi and O’Keefe are wonderful together and give their respective characters a depth and authenticity that often rises above what they are given in Mee’s script...Weild directs with the necessary allegro tempo and gives the actors plenty of room to find levels of performance and nuance of character...See 'First Love' for what it is: a satisfying look into the eyes and minds of a couple trying to figure out what it means to be in love."
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June 14th, 2018

"O’ Keefe gives Harold a quiet fragility that shows insecurities cut your charm. Harold seems destined for the lovely Edith, of which Fiordellisi gives her a feisty, comical nature. They are a ying and yang pair that Mee’s writing and Kim Weild’s direction artfully displays. There is a lot to love about the characters’ dynamic/ actors’ chemistry like, the political jabs, the quick-witted verbosity, or the tender fear they carry at knowing love for the FIRST time when they are elders."
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June 19th, 2018

“This show left me speechless….and not in a good way. It was honestly a painful theatrical experience, despite the valiant acting efforts of the two seasoned leads...Given the acting chops and credentials of both, this production felt like each deserved better. The likeable Taylor Harvey also stars…playing a quirky, fantastical supporting role...Some theatregoers might appreciate the whimsical sensibility of playwright Charles Mee, but I’d venture to say he is an acquired taste.”
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