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

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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'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.

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Theatre is Easy

"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." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“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.” Full Review

Diandra Reviews it All

"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." Full Review

Theatre Reviews Limited

“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." Full Review


“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." Full Review

Front Row Center

"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." Full Review


“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." Full Review

The Observer

“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." Full Review

Ambitious, Quirky, Romantic, Slow, 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

Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if You read the reviews here and people who sound like you indicate a reason to go.

Don't see it if You read the reviews here and people who sound like you give you reason to believe it's not the play for you.

Also Not quite as bad as I'd expected based on reviews here. Bought ticket ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Resonant, Disappointing, Slow

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.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You like to see shows about relationahips

Don't see it if You don't like to be lectured to

During previews
Great acting, Quirky, Romantic, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want a different slant on love at first sight invovling senior citizens. Be ready for anything in this classic Charles Mee play.

Don't see it if You are a traditionalist who has never experienced plays by Beckett or Mr. Mee. Sexual overtones and quirky behavior.

Also This was a benefit performance for Mr. Mee’s 80th birthday. He was in ... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You like existential non traditional theatre

Don't see it if If you'd like something with a bit more weight to it

During previews
Interest but very convoluted

See it if You like esoteric theatre.

Don't see it if You want a traditional play.

During previews
Great acting, Quirky, Indulgent, Confusing, Slow

See it if you're willing to overlook some long stretches of implausible and confusing dialogue to get to some lovely moments (especially the singing).

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Charles Mee's unorthodox method of story-telling. I really liked Big Love, but it didn't work for me here.

Also The theme of two middle-aged people finding love for the first time is... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You are touched by concept that first love may arise in one's golden years.

Don't see it if You need action and get ticked-off by senseless symbolism, here in the form of a cupid-like distraction who annoyingly appears and disappear

During previews
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You are romantic and enjoy love stories.

Don't see it if you prefer fast moving and entertaining plays.

During previews
Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow, Good acting but play is abstract and slightly annoying

See it if To see these actors. I love the Cherry Lane theater but I was disappointed by this play. Actors were all very good. Some nice costumes.

Don't see it if you want to see an entertaining play. This was slow and boring I wanted to like it but 1/3 of way in I lost interest and never got it back.

Also The language, set and lighting in this play reminded me of Becket's Ha... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you like quirky, plot light character stories. Kudos to the actors for remembering all the non-linear dialogue

Don't see it if you need to see more plot progression and understand what's drawing two people together.

During previews
Quirky, Excruciating, Awkward, Surrealist

See it if you like clowning & theatre of the ridiculous. I do not. I thought I was going to see a romance, not a surrealist pastiche a la Magritte.

Don't see it if cut & paste of surreal images, insufferable dialogue, & awkward performances makes you squirm w regret & embarrassment. No Intermission.

During previews
Enchanting, Great acting, Quirky, Resonant, Cliched

See it if you're a romantic at heart. Great acting, great dialogue. I enjoyed a show that focused on life's possibilities regardless of age.

Don't see it if you demand total perfection across all the elements of a theatrical performance.

Cast & Creatives (10)