The Last of the Love Letters
The Last of the Love Letters
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The Last of the Love Letters NYC Reviews and Tickets

64%
(55 Reviews)
Positive
38%
Mixed
47%
Negative
15%
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Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Intense

World premiere by 2020 Steinberg Playwright Award winner Ngozi Anyanwu.

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Member Reviews (55)

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876 Reviews | 903 Followers
67
Great acting, Long, Well acted

See it if Two solo stories, vaguely connected in the end. Very well acted, absorbing enough concept.

Don't see it if Needlessly long. Loses the punch.

851 Reviews | 1006 Followers
66
Overly long, Slow, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You enjoy monologue style shows.

Don't see it if You dislike Dystopian settings. Show also felt a little long. I was ready for it to end.

968 Reviews | 226 Followers
50
Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal

See it if If you want 75 minutes of long winded passages. Confusing and long winded play. The ending is good but does not make up for the poor writing

Don't see it if If you want a play that is 75 minutes long and really goes nowhere.

741 Reviews | 123 Followers
69
Great writing, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you value great acting and insightful writing. The first act is charming. The second is extremely dramatic but seems like a different play?

Don't see it if consistency and clarity are important to you. My friend and I walked out wondering what we had seen. The online program was not helpful

677 Reviews | 152 Followers
60
Excruciating, Indulgent, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like works by Black authors, two one-acts combined, plays about loss of love & grief, mental health, give-it-all performances

Don't see it if You want easily-explained situations, you don’t like overwrought acting, can’t tell how both parts are related if at all

616 Reviews | 273 Followers
52
Two one person plays that don't give audience much to respond to

See it if Daniel J Watts in second of 2 plays shows why he's a versatile star

Don't see it if 2 disconnected plays too abstract, not theatrical Read more

645 Reviews | 94 Followers
75
Intense, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you like very emotional dialogue with 2 wonderful actors. This is really 2 solo shows in one. Very intense.

Don't see it if you don't like people talking about their bad relationships or solo shows. Each actor speaks separately.

510 Reviews | 129 Followers
76
Intense, Confusing, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you love great acting and ambiguity; sometimes very funny & thought provoking; heartfelt

Don't see it if Feels like two separate plays; takes time to comprehend what is joining the two acts together; disturbing.

Critic Reviews (8)

The New York Times
September 15th, 2021

"If Anyanwu doesn’t provide us with keys to the allegory, except to hint rather broadly that it involves the repression of artists in a totalitarian state, an actor as excellent as Watts cannot help but fill in the blanks."
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Theatermania
September 13th, 2021

"Patrons likely won't leave with much more clarity than they entered with. But, at the very least, they will have had the pleasure of soaking up Anyanwu's prose, which floats from high poetry to conversational wit on the winds of her shifting jet stream of consciousness."
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Lighting & Sound America
September 14th, 2021

“A bring-your-own metaphor party… you're unlikely to be bored; indeed, the performances, especially Watts', may carry you through the show. But one is left with the sense of a talented writer pursuing a private meaning with little regard for her audience. Whatever is going on is for her to know and for you to find out -- if you can.”
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New York Stage Review
September 13th, 2021

"Anyanwu’s play is a meditation on love that strongly implies love inevitably disintegrates into loneliness. Or worse. The 70-minute, intermission-less three-hander is best, and rightly, appreciated as a muscularly poetic outcry."
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TheaterScene.net
September 19th, 2021

"Anyanwu possesses a charming and sunny presence which struggles to transcend her pretentious and unremarkable writing."
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Front Row Center
September 15th, 2021

Broken into two segments, the piece finds strength in its universality. The chuckles, gasps, cheers, and applause from the audience confirm that Love Letters touches a nerve, one that is unanimously shared by anyone who has ever loved, lost, or walked away.
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Stage Buddy
September 13th, 2021

"Like much pandemic theatre, Anyanwu's often devastating piece is clearly influenced by a year of separation, seclusion, and shut downs. Its poignancy on the subject of being apart from people we love and losing things like live theatre is powerful."
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NY Theatre Guide
September 13th, 2021

"Both Anyanwu and Watts are magnetic performers; under Patricia McGregor’s taut direction, they instantly draw viewers into lockstep with the lovers’ torments. Watts, in particular, animates so many facets of a single man that it’s plausible to deny he’s on stage alone."
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