This is one of those great moments in theatre when the directing, staging and performances come together perfectly to make something super.
Witty writer Norm Foster’s story starts with Bill (John Combs) lonely on his 50th birthday until best friend Leon (Martin Thompson) gifts him a chance of love by enrolling him in a dating service run by a mysterious gypsy. They just have to fill in a list of the ten qualities Bill is seeking in his perfect woman.
But when beautiful redhead Justine (Jennifer Lee Laks) shows up at the door moments later, it’s clear there is some magic at work – and the men should be very careful what exactly they wish for!
It’s a cross between The Odd Couple and Weird Science but what it loses in originality it more than makes up for in entertainment value. Put this on your must see list.
THE LOVE LIST
By Norm Foster
Directed by Howard Storm
At Theatre 40
241 S. Moreno Drive
Beverly Hills, California
John Combs as Bill
Jennifer Lee Laks as Justine,
Martin Thompson as Leon.
Producer – David Hunt Stafford
Assistant Director – Melanie MacQueen
Set Design – Jeff G Rack
Costume Design – Michele Young
Lighting Design – Ric Zimmerman
Sound Design – Bill Froggatt
Stage Manager – Don Solosan
Publicity – Philip Sokoloff
Photo of Sandro by Dawn Bowery from the book California Dreaming: Brits in LA Book
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