A story of love and betrayal, set just over 100 years ago, between an actress and her playwright lover. Inspired by the real-life relationship between the great Eleanora Duse and the poet D’Annunzio. More…
'Perfect Love' is a story set at the turning of an epoch, and the turning of two styles of theater: the more visceral and emotional style that Eleonora and Torrisi are exemplars of, and the ‘new’ psychological style epitomized by Nordic writers like Ibsen and Strindberg. Eleonora and Torrisi are both vulnerable and aware that their day may have passed, and along with it, their love. Should Torrisi abandon Eleonora and strike out for a collaboration with her arch-rival, the Parisian Sarah Bernhardt? Should Eleonora withdraw her support (and love?) from the possibly outmoded Torrisi and try to work with up-and-coming Ibsen? In the middle of all this is the classically trained leading-man Domenica, who doesn’t know which way to turn in his professional life, or in the tangled world of his emotional allegiances.
See it if You want to be entertained and enjoy excellent acting by an extraordinary ensemble and enjoy moderate pacing in story telling.
Don't see it if You want a fast and one dimensional comedy experience.
See it if you are interested in play that look at the mechanics of putting on a play, or in late 19th century European culture.
Don't see it if you find plays that examine the business of playmaking too inbred to be of interest except to theater professionals
See it if Love the time period, had entertaining parts, some of the actor were good, some were great. Very nice theater.
Don't see it if Did not see never connection between the lead actors. Little slow, but entertaining
See it if you enjoy a play about drama within a drama. The acting is very good except for the playwright/poet who doesn't enunciate. Very nice set.
Don't see it if you want a polished play. This needs some finishing touches and a better actor for the playwright.
See it if you love theater history. Italy's leading actress and playwright/lover pressured to improve the play, or producer will go with Ibsen instead
Don't see it if you have no interest in how theater is made. Script is talky but it suits the fine Irish actors. The set is a coup de theatre in itself.
See it if you want to learn more about the Duse so oft mentioned in theatre circles, and if you want to see a lovely theatre in the depths of the EV.
Don't see it if You need snappy dialogue or a story that doesn't seem endless.
See it if If you look for the potential and not the fault in productions Brandon Cole has not finished developing this idea - could be much stronger
Don't see it if One weak performance will ruin it for you Honestly I wonder if the male lead is intentionally botching it - to prove an argument in the plot
See it if you like old-fashioned theater, highly energized actors, interesting history.
Don't see it if you expect a very comedic production, there are funny moments but it is not a comedy in spite of the clowns.
See it if you love the story and enjoy the ambiance of an Off Broadway production downtown
Don't see it if a production that generates no life or fever disappoints you, swallowed dialog frustrates your concentration
See it if Like period pieces, with a Shakespearean overtones. Performed in an off,off, Broadway production, was wonderfully done.
Don't see it if Don't like period pieces, don't like plays without a purpose.
See it if You enjoy theater history and historical characters, if you are interested in the period when modern theater was about to begin.
Don't see it if You are more interested in music and entertainment than in a more complex plot.
See it if You want to see great old glories come together to do a project.
Don't see it if You are looking for a fora direction that elevates the great writing moments. Or if you are looking to see soarkles veteeen the two leads.
See it if like great acting and don't mind long wordy plays. beautiful stage interesting costumes
Don't see it if looking for fun edgy comptemory plays its too drawn out. repetive lines that imo didn't add.