A Love Affair - Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview, IL 60025
What makes a marriage work over time? Is it love? Trust? Commitment? A good sense of humor? All of these, and maybe more? In this semi-autobiographical comedy, award-winning television writer Jerry Mayer explores these questions and many others in a hilarious story about love and marriage -- and what it takes to keep them both vigorous and healthy through the years.
As the play opens, we meet Jimmy Diamond (Micheal Lomenick), a Malibu-based television writer, and his wife of 38 years, Alice (Beth Goldberg). It soon becomes obvious that Jimmy and Alice are something of an odd couple who prove the old adage that opposites attract. Jimmy is a capable but disorganized guy who never sweats the details. Alice is smart, practical and very organized -- and often frustrated with her husband.
They are both madly in love with each other.
Both Jimmy and Alice are close to retirement age, but they have unexpectedly fallen on hard economic times and have been forced to sell their home of many years. While they are emptying out their attic, they discover long-forgotten items that bring back memories, both joyous and wistful, of their shared past. These memories soon shift into flashbacks in which we encounter this same couple as young and idealistic newlyweds many decades ago (Reed Willard and Katie Mancuso). These apparitions from their younger days provide a glimpse into the elements that have shaped this relationship -- from their distinctive personality quirks to the events, both large and small, that created their lives together. This journey through the shared life of this couple provides audiences with a delightfully hilarious and all-too-human insight into the dynamics of a modern marriage.
The two versions of Jimmy and Alice younger and older -- occasionally interact, offering both opinions and advice to their other selves. While the older pair provides the wisdom of age and experience, the eager, idealistic and hope-filled younger couple has their own insights and perspectives to share. Both couples impart wise counsel, but will Jimmy and Alice be able to take their own good advice?
That question is explored in the many comedic moments that make up A Love Affair. This high-energy romp is peppered with the kind of wry and sprightly dialogue youd expect to hear in a household made up of a TV sitcom screenwriter and his wife who proves more than capable of standing up for herself, and who gives as good as she gets!
Six more female characters round out the cast of A Love Affair. These women who drift in and out of the lives of Jimmy and Alice through their years together range from a secretary for Desilu Productions in the early 1950s to a contemporary young student mover who arrives to carry furniture out of the Diamonds home. Each of these widely varying roles is portrayed by a single actress, Oil Lamp Theater veteran Traci Cidlik.
Performances run two hours including an intermission.
Oil Lamp Theater (View)
1723 Glenview Road
Glenview, IL 60025
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