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Love, Love, Love

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Members say: Great acting, Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

About the show

Roundabout Theatre Company presents Mike Bartlett's new dark comedy about what happened to the free-loving teens of the '60s when they started to face middle age. Directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer. More…

London, 1967. Beatlemania is in full effect, the “Me” generation is in its prime, and Kenneth and Sandra have the world at their fingertips. It’s the summer of love, and that’s all they need. But what will happen when the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll fade away and these boomers have babies of their own? Tony-nominated playwright Bartlett ('King Charles III') follows one couple through four tumultuous decades. 


Member Reviews (293)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking
79
Avg Score

82
Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you want to see a sharp satire/morality play for baby boomers (and, to a lesser extent, Gen-Xers) wrapped in an entertaining family drama.

Don't see it if you're not willing to see/accept/laugh at the failings of your own generation (be it boomer, gen-x or millennial).

78
Ambitious, Intelligent, Great acting, Resonant, Great writing

See it if Caustic, pitch-black comedy about boomers & their children over three generations. Excellent acting (Amy Ryan!!) with sure-footed direction

Don't see it if Corrosive irony can get to be much by the third act but overall a sharp, insightful satire on the gradual warping of a value system

83
Should be titled "self-love, self-love, self-love"; devastating send-up/put-down of baby boomer generation

See it if /for hilarious & disturbing portrait of narcissistic, materialistic boomers particularly by Amy Ryan as mother-from-hell w/ fine ensemble

Don't see it if /since predictable criticism of boomers as self-centered parents w/ damaged kids; still expertly and hilariously dissected

87
Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You want to see these wonderful actors in a very entertaining play.

Don't see it if Family drama with a lot of fighting is not your thing. It is entertaining but gets dark.

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a baby boomer who could never figure your parents out; wondered why some siblings were so different;like changing sets

Don't see it if You dislike changing sets;2 intermissions:drug and alcohol use; 60's 70's 80's;parents as the villains

Also The background music had people in the audience singing along;The nigh... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Exasperating, Great acting, Great staging, Abrasive

See it if you want to feel good about your own family dynamics; you enjoy good acting, even if the characters grate on you; excellent third act.

Don't see it if you want to like the characters in the play; you're not interested in the making of a dysfunctional family by me, me, me baby boomer parents

Also I had a very difficult time deciding if I did or didn't like this play... Read more Read less

69
Banal, Disappointing, Uneven

See it if you want to wade through 2 acts of overblown overacted junk,to get to 3rd act that actually has something to say.Set is good.Sound is bad

Don't see it if you want a show that entertains & enlightens. This drags with angry caricature characters. In the last act, you actually see one real person

75
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if Interesting concept, with something relevant to say about our current situation and the 60s generation responsibility for it.

Don't see it if Amy Ryan was not believable as a 19-year-old, and had a very annoying affectation that softened as the show went on but never went away.

Also A very original script. Great music in between scenes. Was not at all ... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Original, Engaging

See it if you are interested in dysfunctional family relationshipd told through the history of three different decades.

Don't see it if uncaring self-centered characters make you uncomfirtable or poor parenting upsets you.

84
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want a smart and funny modern play. This family will make you feel better about your own (hopefully)

Don't see it if You only like the classics or to reinforce the ideal family dynamic

85
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if you enjoy an absorbing, witty play in which the characters experience different eras of their lives.

Don't see it if you require likable protagonists. These folks swim in the seas of self-involvement.

89
Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if Fresh, funny examination of the repercussions of selfish baby boomer parenting. Each act a different decade. Great acting, esp. Amy Ryan.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with the possibility of seeing some of your own less stellar parenting moments played out; some "ouch" moments for me.

85
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to see fine actors working with a well written script by one of the best

Don't see it if You like your drama in iambic pentameter.

75
Refreshing, Funny, Great acting, Cliched, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a fan of Amy Ryan as she is terrific as is the rest of the cast.

Don't see it if You can't relate to the baby boomer generation.

85
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you remember the 'sixties and enjoy looking back to that strange time.

Don't see it if you are unable to suspend your belief in characters who age over 40 years during the three acts.

80
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You enjoy a play that is funny and topical,particularly since it spans over 40 years in the life of a family. The actors shine!

Don't see it if Great comedic performances are not your cup of tea. It is a stretch for Amy Ryan and Zoe Kazan to play teens,but they are terrific.

80
Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like plays that provide good post play conversation fodder

Don't see it if you don't like plays that might make you uncomfortable

83
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Comedic satirical take from the 60s through 2000s of two baby boomers as they grow from Oxford through careers, parenting,disillusionment

Don't see it if You can't stand selfish boomers leaving destruction in their wake, especially their children, filtered through British cultural perspective

Also Great ensemble acting - all terrific performances as they "age" throug... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing, Tedious, uninspired

See it if Your are a fan of Mike Bartlett (we are) and you want to see some fine acting in a dismal play

Don't see it if You lived through the 60s and have a sophisticated point of view than simply stereotyping those who may still be trying to build a new world

83
Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy plays about class and inter-generational issues. You like comedies with a hefty dose of social commentary.

Don't see it if you're a boomer who doesn't like to face the fact that you sold out your countercultural values and your kids' generation.

90
Clever, Delightful, Must see

See it if You like great acting, want to be surprised by a show, and be thoroughly entertained.

Don't see it if You need to "like" the protagonists. They were blithely unaware of how unlikeable they were.

88
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy satiric comedy about social and historical issues, delivered by an exceptionally talented cast.

Don't see it if you can't laugh at boomers behaving badly.

79
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Funny

See it if you want to see some dazzling acting in a script which requires them to play the same characters across a span of 30+ years.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy observations about the life and times of the Baby Boomer generation.

80
Love, love, loved it

See it if It's essentially 3, one act plays about a family of awful human beings at three distinct periods in their lives. Clever and entertaining!

Don't see it if If families behaving badly is not something you care to see played out in yet another show.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you like storytelling that progresses unfolds over generations; like plays with a stinging message;

Don't see it if don't like plays that point out a generation's flaws; don't want a dose of reality.


October 19th, 2016
"This play rumbles with a sometimes too easy irony...And yet I have to admit I had a swell time at 'Love, Love, Love,' impeccably directed by Michael Mayer and featuring a nigh-perfect five-member ensemble...The greatest joy in 'Love, Love, Love' comes from the chance it affords its stars to conq...
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October 19th, 2016
"Although it may sound overly schematic in print, the psychocultural history mapped by 'Love, Love, Love' is filled with interesting detours and switchbacks, abundant humor and a refusal (mostly) to condemn baby boomers outright...Michael Mayer’s fine-tuned and nicely balanced production shows of...
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October 19th, 2016
"That the play is little more than a stunt dawns on you only gradually. In the 1967 act, you might be blinded by the brightness and sitcom speed of Michael Mayer’s high-gloss production...Then, when the second act leaps ahead 23 years, the bottom falls out...Craziness is fun to watch, until it is...
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October 19th, 2016
"Bartlett manages the neat trick of making us relate to his characters while not particularly liking them. It's a testament to his gifts for incisive characterization, pungent comic dialogue and astute social commentary...The lead performers skillfully handle the difficult assignment of playing c...
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