Comedic romp features nine short vignettes on love

By Katie Alicea-Tilton
Citizen Chronicle Theatre Critic

SOUTHBRIDGE — What is love? A question not simply answered but shown in many different ways. Sometimes lovers live happily ever after and sometimes they may find themselves heading into different directions, leading to heartache and pain.  “Love/Sick,” written by John Cariani, and currently being performed by the Gateway Players Theatre at Fellowship Hall at the Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street, Southbridge, takes the audience through numerous different angles of love.

“Love/Sick” is set on a Friday night in a modern day alternate suburban reality with a lot of local flavor and features nine comedic vignettes depicting many different types of relationships and scenarios; such as new love, old love, same sex, infidelity, breakups and more. The production shows the audience that being in a relationship isn’t always easy peasy lemon squeezy, you must take the good with the bad and learn to meet in the middle — and, unfortunately, sometimes that just isn’t enough. Love can make you feel that you are at your highest and in the next breath make you feel at your lowest.

Michael Dupuis directs this show, with wife Jeanne Dupuis serving as producer. Together they paired up actors and actresses who complimented each other well enough to portray a real couple, some of them actually being real life couples. The cast consisted of Mikey and Kelly Dearn, Angela Grove, Chamira Santiago, Michael James, Joe Sawyer, Patrick Bracken, Cynthia Keane, Jim Douglas, Angela Flemings, Debi Hobenko, Ed Humphries, Mary Darling, Sharon Starr, Cathy and Seth Blackwell, and Kelly Guay.

“Love/Sick” brought many laughs to the audience on opening night. With permission from Soutbridge’s beloved Big Bunny Market and other local haunts, Gateway Players Theatre was able to throw in some local humor and references. The Dearns did an amazing job simultaneously letting out their feelings in a fast paced and extremely enthusiastic way, while Santiago had everyone in stitches as the Singing Telegram Lady.  What I believe was the best about the production is that everyone in the audience can relate to it in one way or another. Love is a complicated thing.

There are plenty more opportunities to catch a showing which I recommend you do. There are evening shows at 7:30 p.m. on September 8, 14, and 15, with a 2 p.m. matinee on September 16. For tickets, call Gateway Players Theatre at (508) 764-4531 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3598041.

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