Friday, August 05, 2016

Theater Review: Upstart Production's Love/Sick at the Mind Museum

We are all in different kinds of relationships and they shape us into who we are and what we may still become. The other night, I watched a bittersweet comedy at the Mind Museum called Love/Sick by John Cariani, staged by Upstart Productions. This the first main-stream theatrical offering to be featured at the establishment's auditorium.

the amazing cast of Love/Sick
The show features nine vignettes exploring romantic relationships at various stages. The loosely connected stories tackle moments that range from the first meeting to dating to disillusionment and divorce. As the New York Times described, the critically-acclaimed series of plays "delivers laugh and some cleverness" and would most likely appeal to fans of Almost, Maine, another work written by Cariani.

Love/Sick, defined by Theater Mania as an "unromantic comedy," will make you smile, laugh, feel sad, think, and go "Awwww!" Whether you're single, married, or in an undefined relationship, there's a character or instance in the show that you would probably identify with.

John Cariani

According to Cariani, Love/Sick explores the blush of first love but also examines the happily ever after part—and how "ever after" is not always entirely happy. "Yes—finding love is a big deal. But holding onto love, staying in love—that’s the hard part," he wrote. "Love/Sick is about finding love, falling in love, trying to hang onto that love once you’ve found it, and losing love … and about how life goes on—and love goes on—even after it’s lost. I hope it leaves you feeling hopeful, hopeless, happy, and heartbroken."

The exceptional Philippine cast, who breathes life into the characters, includes media celebrity Rachel Alejandro, theater veterans Noel Rayos and Upstart co-founders Onyl Torres and Joel Trinidad (also the show's Director), up-and-coming performers Teenee Chan, Mica Pineda, Bibo Reyes, and Nicky TriviƱo (who serves as Assistant Director).

catch Love/Sick at the Mind Museum!
Plan to spend "a night at the museum" within the next two weekends to catch the bittersweet and darkly funny Love/Sick with your special someone or a friend you'd want to share a new memory with. You'll marvel at the cleverly written script, the minimalist set, and the talented actors who will definitely delight and amaze you.  

Catch Love/Sick on August 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, and 20 (Fridays at 9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 8 pm) at the Mind Museum Auditorium, J.Y. Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Tickets are at P500 each. For ticket and show buying information, contact Upstart Productions at 09178116156 or Love/Sick is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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