Proof of Love
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Proof of Love
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Proof of Love NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(137 Reviews)
Positive
84%
Mixed
13%
Negative
3%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Intelligent

About the Show

This new, comic and moving one-woman play centers around a woman whose life is forever changed after a terrible accident.

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Member Reviews (137)

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74
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Very entertaining story. Well acted. Great sets. I especially liked how Pressley changed accents constantly and seamlessly.

Don't see it if you don't like one actor shows.

74
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy great performances and an interesting story.

Don't see it if You dislike 1 person shows.

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
May 14th, 2019

“The monologue is delivered well...the circumstances that make it one are notably contrived...It does provide Pressley a rich opportunity to explore a complex, loquacious, if emotionally stifled, character...Hutchinson has hobbled herself by choosing a structure that starves 'Proof of Love' of live conflict...Carroll has done what she can to shape the script’s graceful paragraphs into a simulation of action. But her effort is undermined just before the end of the 75-minute play."
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Theatermania
May 14th, 2019

“The first new play commissioned by Audible...Brimming with intrigue and insight, it's an auspicious start...Carroll complements Hutchinson's script with high production values...’Proof of Love’ is one of the more realistic portrayals of infidelity I've seen onstage, and its observations on love and marriage are spot-on...A thrilling dramatic experiment that invites audiences into the theater, but also invites them to enjoy plays on their morning commute.”
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BroadwayWorld
May 18th, 2019

"As specified in the script, Constance is 'not a sentimental person, and is soooo not practiced in emoting,' so Pressley rarely varies from a rather clinical, conversational tone. We can certainly sympathize with Constance for being the victim of infidelity but this white reviewer will leave it to others to consider if her attitude is unsympathetically elitist or a defensive armor against those who would call her 'a sell-out who's ashamed to be black.'"
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Lighting & Sound America
May 22nd, 2019

“It's a rich subject, and Hutchinson, as always, has a knack for zinger-filled dialogue. Pressley is a formidable presence...Whatever else you want to say about ‘Proof of Love’, it is never dull. Nor is it totally satisfying...The problems that comprise the subject matter of ‘Proof of Love’ are real; the format for discussing them too often feels forced...Constance (and the actress who plays her) is rather more engaging than the contrived and oddly unfinished play in which she appears.”
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New York Stage Review
May 15th, 2019

“Already contrived, especially within the expository limitations of a 75-minute monologue rendered in real time, the soapy story turns preposterous as Constance, assuming the guise of Maurice à la Cyrano, starts rapidly thumbing out text message exchanges with her unsuspecting rival...What keeps ‘Proof of Love’ from drifting into ridiculousness is the double anchor of the character that the playwright creates as augmented by Pressley’s tautly-controlled performance.”
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TheaterScene.net
May 24th, 2019

"Never really losing her cool, Pressley always commands the stage even though scenic designer Distler has made it difficult by creating a huge private room...difficult for one person to fill the space. Yes, Maurice is presumed to be in his hospital bed on stage right, and Lashonda is on the smartphone, but Pressley must negotiate the entire stage herself. Director Jade King Carroll has found reasons for her to move around...but has not helped much in making the play build an arc."
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Theater Pizzazz
May 14th, 2019

"But Hutchison has a larger, more intriguing point: Is the affair, in some way, Constance's fault? Mind you, we never find out if their sex life has completely diminished or if they bicker and squabble on a daily basis. Indeed, if we believe Constance, their union is happy, or at least comfortable. But there's another even more insidious reason Constance has her doubts about Maurice's willingness to stay."
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Front Row Center
May 15th, 2019

“Well, this show may be many things, but ‘Proof of Love’ it surely is not. To be completely honest, I cannot tell where the problem rests - there is plenty of problem to spread around...Pressley plays pretty much one note - a sort of maudlin condition - for most of the 70 minutes she is with us. So consistent is her tone that this must have been the wish of...Hutchinson, as well as...Carroll...The result is that the pace and tone are like the blips on a hospital monitor. Repetitive and monotonous.”
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T
May 23rd, 2019

"Played with noteworthy naturalness and humor by Brenda Pressley…The play is never clear regarding to whom Constance is talking...As she wanders about (often, it seems, just to break the monotony) or sits in the incomprehensibly large, modern room, unlike any ICU you've ever seen, we hear in her discourse reflections of black-related conflicts regarding proper linguistic and behavioral choices…Some of it clicks but most just floats along."
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W
June 11th, 2019

"Audible has teamed with the Minetta Lane Theatre by producing stage work that can be translated to their medium…This production is their first commissioned work sponsored by their Emerging Playwrights Fund…The playwright Chisa Hutchinson has provided an exceptional script for the talented Brenda Pressley...I won't spoil the ending but Ms. Hutchinson uses a twenty first century denouement that is fitting to the time and the circumstances."
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