by Aditi Brennan Kapil
Marin Theater Company
Mill Valley, CA USA
direction: Gia Forakis
dramaturgy: Maryanne Olson
scenic: Erik Sinkkonen
costume: Michelle Wynne
lighting: Stephanie Buchner
sound/composition: Chris Houston
projection: Erin Gilley
Nominated for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize.
San Francisco Chronicle Review:
Kapil's 'Love Person'
By Robert Hurwitt
Director Gia Forakis gives "Love" a crisp and technically impressive staging, making good use of Erin Gilley's inventive subtitle, Sanskrit and computer screen projections on Eric Sinkkonen's deep orange, Indian restaurant-like set. The play is presented as part of a National New Play Network "rolling" world premiere, meaning that this is the second of a package of separate productions following its actual premiere in Minneapolis, where Kapil, a Swedish citizen of Bulgarian and Indian descent, lives.
Marin Independant Journal Review:
'Love Person' a Treat
By Charles Brousse
While space wasn't available for a full review when the Marin Theatre Company opened 'Love Person' late last month, I thought I'd share my opinion that this is the best play to appear around these parts in some time.
Written by Aditi Brennan Kapil and presented as part of a collaborative network whose goal is to launch worthy new works through "rolling world premieres" in Marin, Minneapolis and Indianapolis, 'Love Person' explores how various forms of communication - including the telephone, text messaging, email, traditional letters and sign language used by the deaf can shape relationships in a society that seems more fragmented than ever before.
Kapil offers a group of interesting and diverse characters that are expertly portrayed by MTC's cast, directed by Gia Forakis. It's fascinating to observe them struggle with what many of us have already sensed: That advances in communications technology, rather than clarifying our understanding of other people and events, may actually make the task more difficult.
Don't Miss it.
The Bohemian Review (Critic's Pick):
Found in Translation: MTC's 'Love Person' a One-of-a-Kind Story
By David Templeton
...Love Person is meticulously designed so that, through projections, supertitles and onstage interpretation, we always know more or less exactly what the characters are trying to say. As result, the play ends up making supporting characters out of the languages each character uses to communicate. I've honestly never seen anything like it.
Simply and effectively adapted, the production is designed by Eric E. Sinkkonen, with subtle but significant lighting design by Stephanie Buchner and a nice, nonintrusive musical score by Chris Houston, which brings a great deal of mood and tension to the show. The actors are all excellent, displaying shades of evolving character as they reveal the aching, loving, silly, inventive, forgiving and resilient souls that live and breathe beneath all those words.