Hard Love
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Hard Love NYC Reviews and Tickets

88%
(9 Reviews)
Positive
89%
Mixed
11%
Negative
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Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

About the Show

The Actor's Company Theatre presents this story of a divorced Jewish Orthodox couple forced to reunite after the children from their new marriages become romantically involved.

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Member Reviews (9)

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Riveting, Slow, Romantic, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like dramatic, romantic, intricate, thought provoking plays

Don't see it if you dislike religious topics or a faster paced production

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Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if the consequences of leaving a (Jewish) faith based enclave. All perspectives are exquisitely portrayed. Intense. Great acting & writing.

Don't see it if you are not open to different perspectives on belief and their affect on everyday lives.

Critic Reviews (8)

The New York Times
October 23rd, 2015

"I can’t say I recommend 'Hard Love,' but I can say I respect it...The script is in desperate need of some humor or a noteworthy subplot, or both — the unvarying tone can be didactic. Ian Kahn, as Zvi, and Victoria Mack, as Hannah, carry the piece well enough, with Mr. Kahn given more to work with. As directed by Scott Alan Evans, they are a believable pair…Even with the show’s faults, and a disconcertingly blunt ending, the troupe’s efforts remain admirable."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 20th, 2015

"It's an ideal stage for drama, and Lerner finds plenty of it in the sundered, but not really finished, relationship of Hannah and Zvi…Lerner's dramaturgy is shaky from time to time…But the author has a fine appreciation of his characters' messy, unresolved lives...In a production tautly directed by Scott Alan Evans, Ian Kahn and Victoria Mack make a fine pair of passionate adversaries…I found myself thinking about Hannah and Zvi for hours after (always a good sign)."
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TheaterScene.net
October 12th, 2015

"Scott Alan Evans helms the play with a feel for its rhythms. He keeps the two actors in constant motion, allowing their personal fields of gravity to attract the other. Evans understands the social milieu and personal idiosyncrasies of the ultra-orthodox depicted in Lerner’s writing...The company has succeeded admirably in branching out to include new dramas in its repertory, if this production is an example of what’s to come."
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Theatre is Easy
October 11th, 2015

"I could tell that some of Lerner’s lines, which I’m sure are unforgettable gems in Hebrew, don’t have the same ring in translation...Kahn and Mack are exceptionally convincing…'Hard Love' is sure to intrigue and challenge all who pride themselves on religious tolerance. But be forewarned: you are likely to find this play foreign to your American sensibilities."
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CurtainUp
October 7th, 2015

"This a particularly contrived plot. But it would be unfair to say it is without interest...The give and take even manages to surmount unexceptional acting. Even with Evans's overuse of distracting and overly dramatic lighting, the play moves steadily towards its conclusion — a conclusion so unclear the audience was not quite sure the show was over, but a conclusion nevertheless."
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T
October 14th, 2015

"A remarkable tale of the complications faith brings to the development of a loving relationship and how hope can transcend realism and create a fantasy of the most dangerous kind. Everything about the production contributes to the success of the telling of Hannah and Zvi’s interesting story...'Hard Love' is definitely worth a look."
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American Theater Web
October 16th, 2015

"The twists and turns that Lerner provides border on ones that theatergoers might expect from a daytime (or even nighttime) serial drama, and often, the piece can becomes less than credible. Thankfully, director Scott Alan Evans has two graceful performers at his disposal who help make the production feel a bit more substantial...Unfortunately, 'Hard Love' itself, even though it’s grappling with some fascinating issues, is often difficult to swallow."
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E
October 13th, 2015

"Director Scott Alan Evans and The Actors Company Theatre respectfully took the audience on an emotional journey filled with relentless passion and controversy...'Hard Love' is a unique story and worth the trek to the intimate Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row."
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