DiPietro’s play is affectionately written and deftly sketches the growing attraction between Ralph and Carol, providing some nicely observed character comedy. But though “The Last Romance” holds obvious appeal for older audiences that identify with the characters, other viewers may find it slight, bland, and predictable.
Neal Weaver – Backstage
This capable production of Joe DiPietro’s geriatric love story retreads familiar plot devices, dredging up exhausted clichés — those kids these days and their rap music! — that may comfort but offer little to challenge or excite.
Jenny Lower – LA Weekly
Having co-written a play that was premiered at Theatre 40 last year, Storm returns to acting at Theatre 40 and is excellent as Ralph. Marido Van Kampen is a company member of Theatre 40, but has not appeared on their stage in quite sometime. Dorothy Sinclair has been a long-time member of Theatre 40, and both actresses give credence to their roles (directed by James Paradise).
Carol Kaufman Segal – Reviewplays
Theatre 40’s L.A. premiere is for the most part quite entertaining, but as my first experience with The Last Romance made clear to me, it could have been even more.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA
Be sure to check in at Theatre 40 in time to enjoy “The Last Romance”, a delightful play that celebrates that old-fashioned thing called love.
Madeleine Shaner – Park La Brea News/Beverly Press (opens in pdf)
THE LAST ROMANCE
Presented by and at Theatre 40
241 Moreno Dr., Beverly Hills
EXTENDED THROUGH DEC. 23, 2012
Tickets: (310) 364-0535
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