“Love Letters” at Dalton Little Theater

Last night I attended the second of four scheduled Valentine’s Day weekend performances of A. R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” at the Dalton Little Theater. DLT and its producers, Tammy Rice and Margaret Zeisig, scheduled the readers theater for 7:30 and 9:00p.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights. I went to the 9:30 show partly because of the novelty of later theater hours (I personally turn into Skittles after 10:00p.m.) and partly because I wanted to see the work of DLT vets Michael Anthony and Susan Ridley. They were the second of four different couples slated to reprise the lone roles of Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. The evening was thoroughly enjoyable in all aspects. I thought that an early announcement regarding the sudden replacement of Susan Ridley would be problematic, but Tammy Rice filled in nicely and brought a nice range and her unique “voice” to the myriad of ages and emotions of her character. Watching and/or listening to Mike Anthony is nice because he has such a “naturalness” and familiarity with the stage that its hard sometimes to remember that you are watching a play. If you haven’t seen or heard the play, I heartily recommend it. Two characters recount their lives from childhood via personal letters. It is not until later that you and they realize what had really been going on all those years through all their correspondence. The proceeds benefited the Alzheimer’s Association.

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