Through November 17
FOOL FOR LOVE TheatreLoft/ART of WNY
Sam Shepard left behind a lot of plays and he left behind a lot of very strange characters in those plays.
There’s Eddie (Eric Michael Rawski) in “Fool For Love,” a story of violent obsession, somewhere.
Shepard often doesn’t make it clear exactly where the action takes place and it may not make a difference since one awful motel room or decrepit house in Southern California or May’s apartment, where this takes place, can look similar.
Eddie wants May (Candice Kogut) back and she has no interest in getting back together and there is a real twist in the story of their relationship.
The play also has a quirk, The Old Man (Steve Jakiel) who sits high above the stage for much of the early part of this long one-act play and then sits on the stage, commenting.
It’s possible to sit in the seats and wonder why this confrontation between May and Eddie keeps going on.
It turns out she’s waiting because Martin (Nick Lama) arrives and walks into this pool or anger and lust and bizarre behavior.
No one wins here.
Even for those who may have seen this depressing spectacle, the spoiler in the show is on my list to not repeat.
It’s very Shepard.
Director Kelli Bocock-Natale has a strong cast, strong enough for this script.
She also has an effective and depressing set from Matthew Lachiusa to work with.
This is yet another location for ART, with a long list of other theater sites and it’s familiar from other theater companies which have worked here, especially Ujima.
Led by Rawski, you get really good performances on an unpleasant show.
That’s why “Fool for Love” is one of those: Should I see it?
If you like Shepard, you will like this production.
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