"Jesse LaVercombe’s charming, bittersweet, oddball comedy about a pop star in crisis, his adoring little brother and their theater-theorist mother — all played by Mr. LaVercombe, though I bet a bunch of the crowd had no idea it was the mother who was engaging them in audience-participation sex-chat dialogue." Full Review
"LaVercombe's visceral play is unique in the sense of approach. LaVercombe has versatility as a performer. Through his speech, musicality, and movement, he showcased his vast skills. Yet when it came to character, he didn't necessarily create distinct characters in the common sense of a solo play...Director Lazarus took LaVercombe's script and elevated the material in a manner some solo works never achieve...'Love Me Forever Billy H. Tender' is a play geared best for the millennial mind frame." Full Review
"This mind-blowing, substantial, and manifold text is from an eagle-eyed public voyeur – Jesse LaVercombe. He has not only written the script and co-written the music, but also performs in this one-man labyrinthine, psychological, tragicomedy masterpiece. The mirror he holds up to the world is enormous and reflects all of the warped fun house, distorted aspects of ourselves, as well…I would like to write a thesis on LaVercombe’s acting abilities." Full Review
“There’s a lot going on in this intense show, from a predictable mental-breakdown arc to a critique of social media and some awkward audience-participation phone-sex banter - as well as diverting folk songs that start out charming and then turn creepy. It doesn’t quite add up, but it’s enough to make your wonder where LaVercombe might be in five years.” Full Review
"What LaVercombe lacks in musical technique, he more than compensates for with boyish charm, impeccable timing and aching vulnerability. Moreover, his writing is taut, funny, and shrewd...Ultimately, ‘Love Me Forever’s’ rocketing pace also proves its own worst enemy; minimal action and narrative progression make this solo show feel stretched even at an hour...Yet this does not detract from a show that is otherwise probing, sincere, and highly entertaining." Full Review
See it if You like plays about fading pop stars and their lesser known siblings who suffer in silence.
Don't see it if You expect to understand what is going on at all times. You like a coherent story.
See it if you're looking for a refreshing, original piece of theatre unlike anything else you've seen!
Don't see it if raunchy material makes you uncomfortable, or if you hate audience participation.
See it if You enjoy characters who are deeply human, who will surprise, disappoint, and intrigue you and who are a part of a rivetingly flawed family.
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with the idea of a modern tragedy or feel uneasy around sexual content.
See it if You like one-man shows, are familiar with contemporary pop culture and news, and enjoy quirky, fun music
Don't see it if you are made uncomfortable by taboo topics, audience interaction, or have trouble following shifts in character among a single actor
See it if You like original, new, relevant content, created by young, ambitious artists.
Don't see it if You're looking for an epic Broadway musical. This is small scale. Intimate setting and show.
See it if You're into beautiful and weird, if you've got an open mind to future-world narratives, if you're into being surprised and also loved
Don't see it if You're not a fan of sexual innuendo, clever jokes, or the rise and fall of celebrity
See it if You think that pop music, phone sex, and a hilarious future for today's pop stars can still make a meaningful show.
Don't see it if Can't handle something that's serious and hilarious at the same time.
See it if A show about celebrity and identity in the digital age. A near distopic future on the logical result of the excess of the information age.
Don't see it if You don't understand the Internet or modern pop culture.
See it if you're into pop culture crit. + slightly fragmented structures + sharp solo storytelling. if you have a playful sense of humour.
Don't see it if you are afraid of sex or pop stars or theatre professors or family drama.
See it if you're young. Teenagers, 20-somethings, 30-somethings. It resonates with anyone who uses social media, & loves brilliant writing & acting.
Don't see it if you have never used the Internet or social media. You might feel left out. This is a work for 'today'.
See it if You enjoy sharp, witty, intelligent and current creation! It's going to leave you thinking, loving and laughing long after its done!
Don't see it if You don't like to have your thoughts provoked.