Photo by Don Kellogg

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fool for Love

For the opening installment of the fall semester of the 2015/2016 season it certainly was in line with my expectations of the overall season - and that would be crappy.  

Fool for Love is Sam Shepard's existing 1985 work which has seen a life on stage and in film before.

It's a cavernous and lonely piece.  It purposely tells you only part of the story leaving you to figure out or just assume the rest.   It's a smart work, but in performance doesn't quite fulfill it's promise and leaves you with more questions and uncertainties than the steep price of the ticket should permit.

Fine performances by Nina Arianda (May) and Sam Rockwell (Eddie).  A handsome Tom Pelphrey rounds out the performances near the end as Martin.  The Old Man (is he dead or alive?) was played with a stoic, lifeless Gordon Joseph Weiss.   Interesting and artistic, yes.  Satisfying, No.