|Thursday Jan 25, 2018 8:00 PM - Sunday Feb 18, 2018 3:00 PM | $25.00 - $49.00
* LIMITED ENGAGEMENT *
Thursday, January 25th to Sunday, February 18th 2018
* SUNDAY MATINEES at 3pm *
Imperfect Love is a story of love and betrayal, set just over 100 years ago, between the actress Eleonora Della Rosa, and her playwright lover, Gabriele Torrisi. (Inspired by the real-life relationship between the great Eleanora Duse and the poet D'Annunzio). Its a story set at the turning of an epoch, and the turning of two styles of theater: the more visceral and emotional style that Eleonora and Torrisi are exemplars of, and the new psychological style epitomized by Nordic writers like Ibsen and Strindberg. Our characters Eleonora and Torrisi are both vulnerable and aware that their day may have passed, and along with it, their love. Should Torrisi abandon Eleonora and strike out for a collaboration with her arch-rival, the Parisian Sarah Bernhardt? Should Eleonora withdraw her support (and love?) from the possibly outmoded Torrisi and try to work with up-and-coming Ibsen? In the middle of all this is the classically trained leading-man Domenica, who doesn't know which way to turn in his professional life, or in the tangled world of his emotional allegiances. One other delight of the play is how the traditional clowns Beppo and Marco not only comment on the action in a comical and human way, but how they themselves also embody the conflicting epochs the rambunctious farce of the Commedia dell'arte, set against a premonition, a whiff of the bold futurism of a Beckett or a Pirandello, a modernism that will eventually make all earlier styles redundant. In the end, matters of theater and matters of the heart come together in a climax both affirming and bitter-sweet. The plays the thing. At least, until the curtain falls.
The current production is directed by Michael Di Jiacomo, and has sets and costumes by Oscar-winning production designer Gianni Quaranta (A Room with a View). The cast includes Cristina Spina, Rodrigo Lopresti, Aidan Redmond, Ed Malone and David O'Hara.
For detailed biographies, videos and extras, please visit our website at www.imperfectlove.net
The Connelly Theater (View)
220 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10009
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