ENTER THE ROMANTIC WORLD OF "LOVE/SICK"


BONNIE GOLDBERG

Playwright John Carini believes in T.G.I.F., so he's a Thank God It's Friday kind of guy. After all, he set all ten vignettes in his almost brand new comedy "Love/Sick" on Friday nights, involving couples, female and male, male and male, female and female, before, during and after they have visited the local grocery chain, Super Center. Call him cynical and slightly quirky, but John Carini has a unique take on love. You can tell he really REALLY wants to believe in its power but he's a Missouri type who says "Show me."

Until Sunday, June 22, TheaterWorks of Hartford will be tossing orange blossoms and rose petals and spotlighting Carini's take on romantic possibilities at their intimate space at 233 Pearl Street. A wildly talented cast of four -- Pascale Armand, Bruch Reed, Chris Thorn and Laura Woodward -- are ready and willing to take all the risks in the pursuit of wedded bliss. All you have to do is sit back and laugh (or shed a tear or two) at the intriguing and ridiculous situations they find themselves in, all in the name of love.

Meet a pair of obsessive-compulsive people who think, act and speak simultaneously and may talk heart-to-heart language. Watch Louise excitedly receive a singing telegram that might not contain the message she's anticipating.Travel the slow and fast lanes of love with two men who are obeying totally different traffic signals. Peek behind the bathroom door of a bride-to-be as she ponders one of the biggest decisions of her life and then fast forward to a couple already wed who are questioning everything about their relationship.

Meet a woman who blurts out she had sex, I mean quiche, for lunch to her unsuspecting spouse and another couple who want to replace their "beige life" with color. Say hello to Roger and Jill who desperately want to be hap-happy-happier, and commiserate with Abby and Liz who seem to be disappearing in their family unit and need to find each other again. Finally collide with Jake and Emily in the Super Center as they discover if they have a spark to rekindle. Let director Amy Saltz be your official love counselor in this tangled jungle of affections.

For tickets ($50-65, senior matinee $35), call TheaterWorks at 860-527-7838 or online at www.theaterworkshartford.org. Performances are Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

Gather ye red rose buds and explore all of love's varied puzzles and possibilities, courtesy of master gardener of emotions John Carini.

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