LOVE STRUCK: 68% – BITTERSWEET

Nick Ullett and Barbara Bain in "Love Struck" at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Credit:

SWEET
As StageSceneLA readers may have noticed, this reviewer rarely attends one-acts, preferring full-length plays in the same way I invariably opt for novels over short stories. Still, there are times when I make exceptions, and in the case of Love Struck, I’m quite glad I did.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

BITTER
Maggie Grant’s direction is underwhelming and the material too often bears the hollowness of first-draft surface scratching.
Amy Lyons – LA Weekly

SWEET
Love Struck, which opened at the Beverly Hills Playhouse on May 11, is a collection of eight one-act plays, each delivering thoroughly engaging performances by its players.
Cynthia Citron – San Diego Jewish World

SWEET
All seven scenes were excellent. Some of them were touching, some funny and all engaging.
Irene Rubaum-Keller – Huffington Post

SWEET
Uneven as Stamos’ seven plays are, they are acted spiritedly (especially in their comic moments) by the large, dedicated cast.
Willard Manus – Total Theater

SWEET
Lovestruck is a well acted, finely directed, and intelligently written evening of mini-plays by the versatile Stamos, that will entertain you, make you laugh, shed a tear or two and even think a little; at the very least they will open up your mind and surely your heart.
Don Grigware – BroadwayWorld

SWEET
Grant’s direction of these well delineated and well written one acts was swift and she moved the action along at a good pace and got the most out of her performers.
Audrey Linden – LA Examiner

BITTERSWEET
It was hit and miss at the Three Roses Players and Venice Sky Production’s Love Struck playing at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.
Elyse Cook – Stagehappenings

SWEET
This enjoyable grouping of “one act” plays is heart-touching, thought provoking, and a lot of fun at the same time, with life situations to consider, for theater lovers of all ages. Do try to catch it!
Pat Taylor – Tolucan Times

BITTERSWEET
Love Struck is not exactly a play, in fact; it is a series of eight mini-plays, which are written with feeling, but are lacking any lasting kind of substance.
Madeleine Shaner – Park La Brea News/Beverly Press (opens in pdf)

BITTER
Many of the handsome actors appear to be on loan from the soap opera world.
Dan Johnson – Cinesnatch

LOVE STRUCK
Beverly Hills Playhouse
254 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills
Through May 27, 2012; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00. Sundays at 3:00 and 7:00
Tickets: (323) 960-7787

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  1. Mary Ann says:

    I saw this show Saturday night and I was thoroughly entertained. The writing, the acting and the directing all were top notch. I go to at least 4-6 shows per month and many times I wish I could leave after the first act and sad to say, sometimes I do.
    In Love Struck I NEVER wanted to leave, I couldn’t wait for the next play. I like being able to see such diverse talent and situations all in one place and in one evening. I think it moved very smoothly, I was engaged with each story and I walked out of the theater with a smile on my face and in LA that does not happen enough.

    This production DELIVERS. I really don’t listen to reviews I think most of the time the reviewers are angry, disgruntled, frustrated playwrights, actors or directors. I went to this show because one of my best friends WHOM I TRUST and KNOW told me it was great and I am glad I listened to him because it WAS.
    I say GO and have a great night of entertainment!

  2. Brian says:

    Mary Ann-
    Are the reviewers angry, disgruntled, frustrated playwrights, actors or directors when they write positive reviews or only when their reviews are critical?

    • That’s usually how it works, Brian.

      Though Mary Ann’s comment is not an isolated one, people are relying on their social network more and more for their theatre-going advice. Not sure about the rest of her comment though…

  3. Jason Rohrer Jason Rohrer says:

    Judging by the LITERACY and DEPTH of her commentary here, I think Mary Ann MIGHT be an angry, disgruntled, frustrated theater critic.

  4. Cinesnatch says:

    Don’t know if it’s too late, but feel free to add my “bitter” review:

    http://cinesnatch.blogspot.com/2012/05/theatre-review-love-struck.html