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Fool for Love (Destiny Manifests)

From 44 member  reviews
Members say: Great writing, Disappointing, Absorbing, Great acting, Slow

About the show

Destiny Manifests presents a staging of Sam Shepard's celebrated drama of forbidden love.  More…

From the show:

There are Greek tragedies, there are Western romances, then there is Fool for Love. With the wild and lonely desert as a backdrop, Shepard paints a gritty picture of a relentless lovesick madness that leaves no heart safe in its wake. He reminds us that truth and love are no match for the past that haunts the present.

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Member Reviews (44)


Great writing, Disappointing, Absorbing, Great acting, Slow
Avg Score

Disappointing, Quirky, Edgy

See it if If you like Sam Sheppard no matter what play it where its playing at.

Don't see it if Not a great production. Acting is fair at best and so is the staging of it. This rendition can be missed as it misses on many accounts.

Intimate setting, Good shoestring production, Uneven script

See it if you’d like to experience a clear presentation of an important but flawed script from an important American playwright.

Don't see it if you have seen many productions of this play: This one, though adequate, tells you nothing new.

Also I saw the original volcanic NY premiere production of “Fool for Love” ... Read more Read less

Intense, Quirky, Great writing, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if you like Shepard's writing and his subjects - off beat, true-to-life characters in a one act, one scene intimate production with good actors

Don't see it if you expect a complete story - here you get different points of view and tie them together without a happy ending.

Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing

See it if you have never seen this classic of American theater. It is a serviceable production. The store front gallery adds to the environment.

Don't see it if you need to believe that the central characters cannot keep their hands off each other. For me they played the words but missed the feelings

Slow, Absorbing, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You like Sam Shepard's plays with drama and dysfunction people.

Don't see it if You dislike drama, dysfunction people. If you want a longer show.

Great writing, Great staging

See it if You like dramas and playwrights that are willing to tackle subjects that most people don’t dare touch

Don't see it if You are looking for an uplifting or feel good type show. This is Sam Shepard at his grittiest

Also I have now seen this play done five different times. The worst one I s... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy Sam Shepard's plays no matter what; you are sympathetic to and understand the backwoods relationships portrayed.

Don't see it if you only like musicals; think Shepard is overly dramatic and soap opera-ish; are overly annoyed by one bad actor in the show.

Also Cast did a good job with a somewhat unbelievable plot. One actor was q... Read more Read less

Realistic, Masterful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see masterful writing with exceptional acting

Don't see it if you don't know that rural America lives in trailer parks and motel rooms where alcoholism, philandering and incest are standard, not unusual

Also I get the feeling from reading some of the reviews that many New Yorke... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Intense, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see and hear a story about conflicted forbidden love performed by two pretty good actors in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You need something bigger and you are not interested in a love story being told and performed in an intimate space.

Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Quirky

See it if Bottom line, all Sam Shepard lovers will love this production. It is quirky and gives Sam’s prospective on the west.

Don't see it if Sam Shepard plays are generally quirky and this one meets that goal. It might not be your kind of play.

Great music, Well written, if repetitive script, Young, uneven cast

See it if A Shepard fan or haven’t seen Fool. Stripped down production works well in this tight space though voices should have been better projected

Don't see it if Seeking a polished version. Tighter direction and more experienced actors might have fleshed out the thin repetitive script.

Quirky, Overrated, Banal, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You haven't seen MTC version 10/2015. Actors do their best.

Don't see it if You have seen it.

Also I have to qualify my review. The actors do not have the acting chops t... Read more Read less

Slow, going nowhere, Disappointing, Dated, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you're a Shepherd fan; don't mind a weak presentation of his work

Don't see it if you're expecting a blockbuster Shepherd play

Also Weak show that never really develops into anything. It's like Eddie an... Read more Read less

Ultimate dysfunctional family, Ambiguous, Lacks requisite sexual fire

See it if To see a decent production with strong lead, Eddie (Brian Britt), & an imperfect but classically Sam Shepard script, on dark family secrets.

Don't see it if You’ve seen Fool for Love before or expect an electrically sexual attraction between Eddie & May (Erin Roy).

Also The acting on this is not quite there. Frankie McCarthy as Martin (May... Read more Read less

Overrated, Great staging, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if You like black box theater. You're a diehard Shepherd fan.

Don't see it if You want to care about characters who have something meaningful to say.

Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You want to see something offbeat that’s very good

Don't see it if You put off by the off beat

Intelligent, Great staging, Great writing

See it if It's VERY well written, the stage is fantastic, it's fairly short, and it's cheap.

Don't see it if The acting isn't 100% there. It's a game cast, but you could see some of them ACTING in a way that was distracting. Overall worth seeing.


See it if you are a Sam Shepard fan.

Don't see it if you want a really good interpretation of his play.

Also No sexual tension between the actors.

Dated, Uneven casting

See it if never seen the play; curious how one actor can carry a production

Don't see it if seeking something resonant

Also May's role here is to play hot and cold to Eddie's persistence. The ac... Read more Read less

Great writing, Riveting, Great acting

See it if Brilliantly acted,directed,written&lit. Shepard's best known play abt the dark side of life in West,focusing on 2lovers who can't live -MORE

Don't see it if Uninterested in Tom Shepard's plays.

Also with nor without each other. Themes of... Read more Read less

Great writing, Intense, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if tonight. It is the last performance

Don't see it if You dislike seeing dysfunctional people portrayed in a small theater space

Overrated, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you like Shepard

Don't see it if small theater with amateur cast

Entertaining, Disappointing, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy great play writing and intense characters

Don't see it if you want something light and musical

Forgettable, The story felt existentially tired, as if the world has moved on from small time american drama, Actors were good individually but as an ensemble they lacked the magic chemistry to make this production successful, Underwhelming

See it if You have yet to see a staging of this classic Sam Shepard's play.

Don't see it if You saw the 2015 Broadway production of this play starring Sam Rockwell. If you have a good memory, you'll be too tempted to compare them.

Also Filtering this play using 2019 lenses, it felt irrelevant and wasteful... Read more Read less

Except for lead male (eddie) the cast lacked the focused intensity the play needs.

See it if Someone looking for intimate theater. Small scale production with actors close to the audience. People who want an intro to Sam Shepard.

Don't see it if You are looking for compelling theater.

“Fool for Love (Destiny Manifests)” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

Cast & Creatives (3)