“THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG” IN IVORYTON
        BONNIE GOLDBERG

    If life imitates art, then ”They’re Playing Our Song” fits the bill.  It tells the real life romance between a successful composer and his newly discovered lyricist, Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager, with a book by Neil Simon.  Married at the time the musical opened in 1979, they obviously didn’t stay on script.
    In “They’re Playing Our Song,” the couple’s life is portrayed through Vernon Gersch (Michael Nathanson), a wisecracking but serious composer and his ditzy, offbeat lyricist Sonia Walsk (Amy Lee Williams).  She is in awe of his talent and he is disdainful of her disorganization and tardy ways.  Her quirky habit of dressing in theatrical cast-off clothing is bizarre to him rather than endearing.
    But what threatens their tenuous and newly hatched collaboration the most is her obsessive attachment to Leon, her ex-boyfriend, who is clinging to Sonia for dear life, compulsively occupying her life as well as her apartment.  Until Sunday, July 6, the Ivoryton Playhouse will be entertaining Vernon and Sonia, as well as their inner voices, a trio of Greek chorus men for him, Danny Kirkwood, Gregory Dassonville and William Adams, and of women for her, Kathleen Mulready, Jessica Pierson and Krystelle Cino.
    Michael Nathanson and Amy Lee Williams are charming as a confused couple who both seem to be in a yo-yo relationship, never quite in the same place at the same time.  Songs such as “Fallin’,” “Workin’ It Out,” “If He Really knew Me,” the title song, and “I Still Believe in Love”
chronicle their up and down relationship, personally and professionally.
Julia Kiley directs this frothy musical Valentine.
    For tickets ($35, $30 seniors, $20 students, $15 children), call Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street, Ivoryton at 860-767-7318 or online at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org. ; Performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees Wednesday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
    Follow Vernon and Sonia on their bumpy, comical and convoluted journey to love.

This review will appear in the Middletown Press on July 3.

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