Return of Gurney's Love Letters

September 19, 2014 1:08 AM

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Return of Gurney's Love Letters

This playgoer's memory of A. R. Gurney's Love Letters--the 1988 two-character play consisting of letters between an upper crust boy-turned-man and girl-turned-woman, performed without memorization or blocking by a middle-aged pair of star actors--is of an amusingly entertaining but slight affair. Seeing Love Letters once again, twenty-five years later, I find it far better than remembered. Gurney's play, as revived at the Brooks Atkinson under the direction of Gregory Mosher, is smart, delightful, and moving.

Gurney gives us two WASPs who spend time together at dancing schools, coming out parties, college weekends and the like; a pair that could have and perhaps should have been lovers. They reveal themselves, in the letters, in a direct and honest manner; best friends on the page, the face-to-face meeti...

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