Robin’s Show Review: Love Therapy
In this new play by Wendy Beckett, a psychology counselor herself in Australia, we become a fly on the wall to therapy sessions led by a junior, 30-something therapist new to NY, Colleen, and we are taken along for an intriguing behind the scenes ride.
Colleen Fitzgerald (Margot White) is seeking certification, and reports into Carol (Janet Zairsh). the crackerjack supervisor who is concerned about Colleen’s technique, as well as her questionable relationship with some challenging patients.
Colleen’s goal is to prove her theory that it’s okay to hug a patients, administer pills to them, give a gift, etc….all in the name of love and affection and supreme concern for their welfare. But is this acceptable and effective treatment or leading down a dangerous path of expectation and intimacy?
We gradually learn that Colleen has her own emotional baggage including a mother who didn’t love her and a failed marriage that left her wounded. Things ultimately take a costly turn for Colleen, as she blurs the lines between love, sex, self-discovery, professionalism and restraint.
White is appealing as Colleen. Allison Fraser, the two-time Tony-nominated actress, who plays a sassy Irish punky-looking waitress in a coffee shop that Colleen frequents, has the best dialogue and delivery, and her appearance is a breath of fresh air when she dishes advice to Colleen.
Other cast members are all effective….David Bishins who plays Steven, a married, philandering blue-collar worker; Janet Zarish who does double duty as Mary, a grieving mother who lost her husband and daughter….and the supervisor, and Christopher Burns who plays an uptight businessman going through a divorce.
Beckett clearly knows her therapeutic-stuff, and the material moves quickly in the slick 85 minutes, no intermission, production.
Evan Bergman (Director) most recently directed the New York premiere of Jack Canfora’s Poetic License at 59E59 featuring Geraint Wyn Davies. Other credits include Off Broadway’s long running New York and Los Angeles productions of The Director starring John Shea, The New York premiere of The Glass House at Theater Row with Harris Yulin (Three IT Award nominations) and The Tangled Skirt by Steve Braunstein (Nominated for 2011 EDGAR Award-Best Mystery/Thriller).
THE DR2 at the
DARYL ROTH Theatre
APRIL 20 – MAY 25, 2013