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?

  3. 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…

  4. 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.

  5. 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