Thursday, July 22, 2010

Joel Beers' analysis of True Love Lies just hit the O.C. Weekly, and damn if it isn't a perfect example of why we love Mr. Beers' writing. Not because he always has nice things to say about us (he doesn't, but we forgive him), but because his insights into what he watches are always sharply observant and expressed with a fine eye for thematic detail:
"[Brad] Fraser’s True Love Lies, while containing its fair share of sexual situations and one intense beating, is anything but brutal or seedy. It is a beautifully rendered family drama that, in the hands of director Dave Barton, feels keenly empathetic and sincere....

"True Love Lies doesn’t say anything new about human relationships, sexual or otherwise. They’re just hard. Always have been, always will be, whether that relationship is between two lovers, a husband and wife, or parents and children. Like anything meant to last, they must be built brick by brick and worked on to prevent from collapsing. But when those bricks are built on a suspect foundation, as they are in the marriage in True Love Lies, it doesn’t take much to topple them.

"There are no black hats or white hats in this play, just people struggling for something authentic in a world filled with disappointments and distractions. People who choose, for whatever reason, to play certain roles at certain times because they desperately need to reconcile their private passions with social norms. Decisions are chosen, compromises made and, on some level, fingers are crossed in hopes that the latest costume is the one that will fit the best for the longest time."
Tickets? Oh yes, we still have some. Take them off our hands, won't you?

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