L.O.V.E.R.

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Wed Jun 19, 12:00am

Accomplished actress Lois Robbins takes us on a poignant and comic journey as one woman explores her sexual history, in what ultimately becomes her coming of age story, L.O.V.E.R. Directed by Sonia Sebastian, L.O.V.E.R. opens on April 13, running through May 12 at the Zephyr Theatre on Melrose Avenue. L.O.V.E.R. is a riff on childhood, adolescents and finally adulthood from a grown-up woman's point of view. Robbins' one-act comic play first workshopped in June 2017 at The Schoolhouse Theater in Croton Falls, NY. “Sex is a metaphor for the psychological journey my character embarks on. As she explores her lifelong relationship history with other people, she ultimately discovers herself,” exclaims Robbins, who holds nothing back with this west coast premiere. Robbins is a native New Yorker and accomplished actress whose early work was on daytime television, including roles on One Life to Live, Loving, Ryan's Hope, and All My Children. Additional television credits include Sex and the City, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Kingpin, Once and Again, and Blue Bloods to name a few. Ms. Robbins was seen in the films Town and Country, The Screammaker, Hudson River Blues, and Motherhood. 2017 was a busy year for Robbins as she starred in Blowtorch opposite Billy Baldwin, Kathy Najimy and Armand Assante. It was released worldwide in February of 2017. In April, she finished shooting the feature film One Nation Under God, with Kevin Sorbo, Antonio Sabato Jr. and Casper Van Dien premiering at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville in February 2018. In October, Robbins co-starred with Molly Ringwald in the feature film Kingfish, and in November, she traveled to Budapest to film Shepherd directed by Lynn Roth. Robbins is very excited for the release of The Aspern Papers, where she co-starred as Mrs. Prest opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers. On the stage, she has starred in the world premiere of the musical comedy My History of Marriage, by Academy Award- and two-time Grammy-winner David Shire, Lee Kalcheim and Samuel Kalcheim, presented by the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival. She also has starred in the world premiere run of A Time for Love by David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr. at the Rubicon Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, and at the Roundabout Theater's Black Box. In 2011, Ms. Robbins starred as Stephanie Dickinson in the revival of Cactus Flower, produced by Daryl Roth, at the Westside Arts Theater to rave reviews: “Lois Robbins gives her dishrag-turned cougar character energy, willingness and glamour” – The New York Times; “Lois Robbins is perfectly cast” – Associated Press; “Lois Robbins shows fine comic timing” – Daily News. The L.O.V.E.R. creative team includes director Sonia Sebastian, set designer Pete Hickok, lighting designer Donny Jackson, costume designer Kate Bergh, sound designer Joseph ‘Sloe' Slawinski, projection designer Nick Santiago, and production stage manager Jenine MacDonald. Performances of L.O.V.E.R. take place April 13 through May 12 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and one Sunday performance on April 15 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25. There is one preview performance on Thursday, April 12 at 8 p.m. and is priced at $15. The Zephyr Theatre is located at 7456 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (between Gardner and Vista Streets). For reservations and information, call 323-960-5770 or go to www.plays411.com/lover.

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Reviews

"...This connection of memories lets the audience experience a funny, and sometimes heart-breaking performance...Come see this titillating and expressive play!"

sweet - Pam Froman - Valley Scene Magazine - ...read full review


"Ms. Robbins is an accomplished performer and an appealing tour guide on this journey. "

sweet - Patricia Foster Rye - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"Taking place on Pete Hickok's perfectly designed 3-playing area set, brilliantly brought to life with lighting design by Donny Jackson and projections by Nick Santiago which enhance every one of Robbins' soul-baring stories, the free-spirited actress lets the audience into her personal tale of lust and love in such great detail that each of her sexual encounters will easily explode in your own imagination. As Robbins moves from her favorite comfy living room chair to a bar where singles meet, she shares not only the motivations for her actions with lovers as they come and go from her life, but the many lessons learned in staying true to herself after learning to cut the strings to her overbearing parents and let her SELF bloom."

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


David MacDowell Blue
"So. I don't identify with her. But I liked her, wished her well, laughed at the stories she told about her parents (my fave--her father consoling her about an early divorce, saying "You're an actress, you needed a dress rehearsal"). Thing is, when it comes to growing up in America, my life resembles hers hardly at all. She seems wildly, unbelievably, enviably lucky beyond words."

sweet-sour - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


"There's nothing mean-spirited or tragic in the play, which makes for a light-hearted, interesting and pleasant evening. “L.O.V.E.R.” is a humorous look at one woman's journey, which holds an audience's attention, and, once the lights dim, encourages introspection."

sweet - Laurie Schenden - Go WeHo - ...read full review


"The show is an eye opening, empathetic, cathartic bravura solo performance. As a writer, her prose and delivery is synchronized and brilliant. She deals with multiple experiences, sexual and otherwise; as the actress/mouthpiece, Robbins is stellar quality."

sweet - Bonnie Priever - ...read full review


"Robbins is a skilled storyteller, moving effortlessly through her narrative, punctuated with subtle comedic timing."

sweet - Julio Martinez - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"Robbins is a friendly narrator. She's poised, but the awkward girl she used to be still bursts out in moments of silliness, and that make her all the more relatable. Midway through the play, she shifts gears from talking about her sexual history to what it was like having breast cancer and, later, listening to her friends go on about their affairs. She wraps up by saying she survived her childhood because she chose survival. This departure in the narrative could use a smoother transition, or at least a better set-up at the top of the show. Currently, the story is positioned as a grown-up woman's point of view of her sexual history so this second half ends up feeling like we've moved into a different play. It's fine to go there but it needs to fit in the context of what we've already seen."

sweet-sour - Ellen Dostal - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles - ...read full review


"...This connection of memories lets the audience experience a funny, and sometimes heart-breaking performance...Come see this titillating and expressive play!"

sweet - Pam Froman - Valley Scene Magazine - ...read full review


"Ms. Robbins is an accomplished performer and an appealing tour guide on this journey. "

sweet - Patricia Foster Rye - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"Taking place on Pete Hickok's perfectly designed 3-playing area set, brilliantly brought to life with lighting design by Donny Jackson and projections by Nick Santiago which enhance every one of Robbins' soul-baring stories, the free-spirited actress lets the audience into her personal tale of lust and love in such great detail that each of her sexual encounters will easily explode in your own imagination. As Robbins moves from her favorite comfy living room chair to a bar where singles meet, she shares not only the motivations for her actions with lovers as they come and go from her life, but the many lessons learned in staying true to herself after learning to cut the strings to her overbearing parents and let her SELF bloom."

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


David MacDowell Blue
"So. I don't identify with her. But I liked her, wished her well, laughed at the stories she told about her parents (my fave--her father consoling her about an early divorce, saying "You're an actress, you needed a dress rehearsal"). Thing is, when it comes to growing up in America, my life resembles hers hardly at all. She seems wildly, unbelievably, enviably lucky beyond words."

sweet-sour - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


"There's nothing mean-spirited or tragic in the play, which makes for a light-hearted, interesting and pleasant evening. “L.O.V.E.R.” is a humorous look at one woman's journey, which holds an audience's attention, and, once the lights dim, encourages introspection."

sweet - Laurie Schenden - Go WeHo - ...read full review


"The show is an eye opening, empathetic, cathartic bravura solo performance. As a writer, her prose and delivery is synchronized and brilliant. She deals with multiple experiences, sexual and otherwise; as the actress/mouthpiece, Robbins is stellar quality."

sweet - Bonnie Priever - ...read full review


"Robbins is a skilled storyteller, moving effortlessly through her narrative, punctuated with subtle comedic timing."

sweet - Julio Martinez - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"Robbins is a friendly narrator. She's poised, but the awkward girl she used to be still bursts out in moments of silliness, and that make her all the more relatable. Midway through the play, she shifts gears from talking about her sexual history to what it was like having breast cancer and, later, listening to her friends go on about their affairs. She wraps up by saying she survived her childhood because she chose survival. This departure in the narrative could use a smoother transition, or at least a better set-up at the top of the show. Currently, the story is positioned as a grown-up woman's point of view of her sexual history so this second half ends up feeling like we've moved into a different play. It's fine to go there but it needs to fit in the context of what we've already seen."

sweet-sour - Ellen Dostal - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles - ...read full review