If love makes the world go ’round, then the play Love Struck will be spinning gloriously at the Beverly Hills Playhouse from May 11 to 27. The show is seven one act plays about “the search for, the disappointment in, the hope for, the joy of love. It’s all there,” says Barbara Bain, who is part of Love Struck’s stellar cast. “The short plays are richly textured. Each one has something we all can relate to with the well-observed experiences.”
Bain’s costars agree. Nick Ullett says, “The show illuminates all aspects of love. And the plays have moments when somebody realizes that they’re in love. That is perhaps the universal moment that illuminates all of our lives, when you find in someone that which you need in yourself. It is a universal theme.”
Peter Van Norden also stars and explains, “Every piece in the show has a little twist in it. Some are serious, like ‘Identity,’ which I do with Barbara Bain, playing my dying wife, and a surprising truth is revealed.” Van Norden praises the scripts of award-winning playwright Dale Griffiths Stamos, “who gives every play a unique tone and hook to keep the audience very satisfied.”
There are lots of surprises with the stories from Stamos, who Bain credits with bringing variety and tremendous depth to the show, “and she wrote some pieces with me in mind.” Bain says, “These are small plays, but they’re not small in thinking. A wonderful cast has come together for this and people will have a good time, no doubt.”
Three Roses Players and Venice Sky Productions present Love Struck, directed by Maggie Grant, at the Beverly Hills Playhouse located at 254 S. Robertson Blvd. in Beverly Hills (between Olympic and Wilshire). It runs May 11 to 27, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $32, seniors $25. Mother’s Day Special, May 13, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. All Moms 1/2 price at both shows, plus each Mom gets a rose. Call (323) 960-7787, or online: www.plays411.com/lovestruck.