SMART LOVE

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Fri Feb 22, 8:00pm
Sat Feb 23, 8:00pm
Sun Feb 24, 3:00pm
Thu Feb 28, 8:00pm
Fri Mar 01, 8:00pm
Sat Mar 02, 8:00pm
Sun Mar 03, 3:00pm
Thu Mar 07, 8:00pm
Fri Mar 08, 8:00pm
Sat Mar 09, 8:00pm
Sun Mar 10, 3:00pm
Thu Mar 14, 8:00pm
Fri Mar 15, 8:00pm
Sat Mar 16, 8:00pm

“CRITICS’ CHOICE” – LA TIMES

A contemporary comedy with a scientific twist, Pacific Resident Theatre presents the West Coast Premiere of SMART LOVE by Brian Letscher.The Wachowski household is turned upside down when their son makes a surprise visit home, from MIT, with an unexpected guest. How far will human beings go in order to salvage love?

“So much in this brave new world of technology! No doubt I am severely over-stimulated,” says playwright Brian Letscher. “Irony apparent, I turn on my TV and click through a half-dozen streaming services trying to find the perfect viewing pleasure that will help me feel better and send me off to sleep. Further down that meta-hole, I find a documentary on the explosion of technology and the possibilities moving forward in this brave new world. I cannot fall asleep, but a year later I have this play.”

Brian Letscher’s play When The Lights Come On premiered at Jeff Daniels’ The Purple Rose Theatre Company where Smart Love had a sold-out run in 2017. As an actor Brian appeared as “Tom Larsen” on the hit show Scandalamong several regular and recurring roles.

Elina de Santos (Director) received the LADCC Career Achievement in Directing Award (2012) and she is Co-Artistic Director of at Rogue Machine Theatre. Selected World Premieres:Hostage (MK Brooks), In the Valley of the Shadow (K. Cortez), Dirty Filthy Love Story(R. Mersola), Razorback(J. Pollono), Church & State (J. Williams). American Premiere: Daytona (J. Cotton). LA Premieres, Stop Kiss(D. Son), Falling(Jent), New Jerusalem(Ives), Albee’sA Delicate Balanceand Mamet’s Speed the Plow. PRT, Odyssey, WCJT: Miller’s All My Sons, Death of a Salesman,& Broken Glass,Odets’Rocket to the Moon, Awake & Sing!, & Williams’, Orpheus Descending – LADCC Direction.

Pacific Resident Theatre is nationally recognized as one of the top regional theaters on the West Coast. The company presents works of the highest quality, in order to entertain, inform and educate its multicultural community. In addition to the company’s commitment to rediscover the rarely performed classics, PRT is focused on fostering and developing new works through the collaboration of an artistic ensemble influenced by societal relevance, past, present and future. Pacific Resident Theatre promotes the theatre arts by providing opportunities for artists and craftsmen to develop and enrich their skills.

Cast: Melissa Weber Bales (Rhinoceros, A View from the Bridge – LA Weekly Award nom – Leading Female Performance); Scott Conte(Big Love, Golden Boy, Anna Christie, Lulu, Rocket to the Moon, Lions, The Cherry Orchard); Zachary Grant (Rogue Machine’s Oppenheimer, Skylight Theatre’s Hostage, Odyssey Theatre’s Punk Rock. Film: Being Charlie directed by Rob Reiner); Michael Mantell(The Model Apartment at Geffen Playhouse, Broadway Bound at Odyssey, A Small Fire at Echo, The Tenth Man at Lincoln Center).

Produced by Marilyn Fox, Terry Davis, and Tania Getty. David Mauer (Set Design), Leigh Allen(Lighting Designer), Chris Moscatiello (Sound Design), Elizabeth Cox (Costume Design).

SMART LOVE runs at 8pm on Thursdays – Saturdays, and 3pm on Sundays through March 17, 2019. Pacific Resident Theatre is located at 703 Venice Blvd. in Venice, CA 90291. Tickets are $25 – $34 and can be purchased online at http://www.pacificresidenttheatre.comor by calling (310) 822-8392.

Discount Ticket Code: SMARTLOVE5  (for $5 off full ticket price)

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Reviews

"It’s got surprises, comedy mixed with some drama and a generous sprinkling of science fiction. Letscher has written a story that is, perhaps, dystopian but feels right of the moment. Directed by the accomplished Elina de Santos, the actors are in top form and always in character."

sweet - Ingrid Wilmot - Will Call - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"As the play ended, I could not help but wonder just how far human beings will be willing to go as our technology expands in order to be reunited with a lost loved one, just to have the chance to do or say the things left undone or unspoken the first time around. Perhaps that longing for emotional closure is the reason why SMART LOVE will ring true with every audience member in their own deeply personal ways, acknowledging that perhaps love is all about failing and forgiving over and over again."

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


"Contemporary twist on what makes a human, human… tailor made for today’s science – and all the ethical and practical questions. The cast is letter perfect in conveying their emotional roller coaster rides through today’s digital world. A light, funny, and charming play which will resonate with today’s millennials"

sweet - Elaine Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


"Fine performances and a strikingly original premise. Brian Letscher’s new comedy unexpectedly pivots into a quirky take on romantic possibilities in a brave new world of technology."

sweet - Philip Brandes - LA Times - ...read full review


Gil Kaan
"The west coast premiere of Brian Letscher's SMART LOVE rivetingly posits a truly sci-fi event as a real-life situation in which you're forced to come face-to-face with some serious moral dilemmas. Anchoring this strong cast of four, Melissa Weber Bales totally inhabits the fairly recently widowed Sandy, who's freshly found a new zest for life in Vic (a most memorable Scott Conte in the show's smallest part)."

sweet - Gil Kaan - Broadway World - ...read full review


"Director Elina de Santos gets good performances from her cast, but ultimately can’t overcome the infelicities of the script."

sweet-sour - Terry Morgan - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"There are some logistical issues as well with ages and character histories... On the way out of the theater, I overheard some of the older audience members talking about how timely the subject matter is. On the surface it may seem so, but at its heart Smart Love doesn’t strike me as particularly forward looking."

sour - Samuel Garza Bernstein - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal
"I enjoyed this production as it held my attention due to the fine performances by the four actors. However, I found questions regarding the play itself."

sweet-sour - Carol Kaufman Segal - Culture Corner - ...read full review


"It’s got surprises, comedy mixed with some drama and a generous sprinkling of science fiction. Letscher has written a story that is, perhaps, dystopian but feels right of the moment. Directed by the accomplished Elina de Santos, the actors are in top form and always in character."

sweet - Ingrid Wilmot - Will Call - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"As the play ended, I could not help but wonder just how far human beings will be willing to go as our technology expands in order to be reunited with a lost loved one, just to have the chance to do or say the things left undone or unspoken the first time around. Perhaps that longing for emotional closure is the reason why SMART LOVE will ring true with every audience member in their own deeply personal ways, acknowledging that perhaps love is all about failing and forgiving over and over again."

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


"Contemporary twist on what makes a human, human… tailor made for today’s science – and all the ethical and practical questions. The cast is letter perfect in conveying their emotional roller coaster rides through today’s digital world. A light, funny, and charming play which will resonate with today’s millennials"

sweet - Elaine Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


"Fine performances and a strikingly original premise. Brian Letscher’s new comedy unexpectedly pivots into a quirky take on romantic possibilities in a brave new world of technology."

sweet - Philip Brandes - LA Times - ...read full review


Gil Kaan
"The west coast premiere of Brian Letscher's SMART LOVE rivetingly posits a truly sci-fi event as a real-life situation in which you're forced to come face-to-face with some serious moral dilemmas. Anchoring this strong cast of four, Melissa Weber Bales totally inhabits the fairly recently widowed Sandy, who's freshly found a new zest for life in Vic (a most memorable Scott Conte in the show's smallest part)."

sweet - Gil Kaan - Broadway World - ...read full review


"Director Elina de Santos gets good performances from her cast, but ultimately can’t overcome the infelicities of the script."

sweet-sour - Terry Morgan - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"There are some logistical issues as well with ages and character histories... On the way out of the theater, I overheard some of the older audience members talking about how timely the subject matter is. On the surface it may seem so, but at its heart Smart Love doesn’t strike me as particularly forward looking."

sour - Samuel Garza Bernstein - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal
"I enjoyed this production as it held my attention due to the fine performances by the four actors. However, I found questions regarding the play itself."

sweet-sour - Carol Kaufman Segal - Culture Corner - ...read full review