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Hard Love

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Members say: 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. More…

In Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim district, Hannah and Zvi are forced back into each other’s lives after a loss of faith tore their marriage apart 20 years earlier. Now that the teenage children from their second marriages have become romantically involved, the estranged couple must deal with their past, their present, and their future in this romantic drama of love, faith, and passion.

Member Reviews (9)


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

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

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.

Absorbing, Great acting

See it if A compelling and absorbing theme , well directed, beautifully acted. The first act could have used some pruning but worth seeing!

Don't see it if If you are not interested in a complicated romance fueled by religious elements.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you want a different perspective on Jewish life.

Don't see it if you always want a happy ending .

Too long, Disappointing, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if The male actor was great!

Don't see it if The story is a good theme but the writing was a little messy. This show also could have been done in one act.

Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you are issues-oriented and want to discuss shows after you see them

Don't see it if if political themes and choices are not your thing

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if a two hander with gteat acting dealing witha major problem re> one beliefs

Don't see it if if you cannot handle opposing views

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Original, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy plays that are going to make you think.

Don't see it if you do not like thought-provoking plays that offer no definite conclusions, but lets you consider all possibilities.

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting, Intelligent & thoughts provoking

See it if you like intelligent well written plays with exquisite performances.

Don't see it if You do not like serious theater.

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 wit...
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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...
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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 compan...
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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 ar...
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