Newnan Theatre Company Presents THE LOVE LIST
We all find ourselves, at one point or another, searching for our perfect mate -- that person who brings nothing but perfection into our lives. What if it was as easy as filling out a piece of paper and handing it over to an old Gypsy woman who runs a mate-finding service? In The Love List by Norm Foster, longtime friends find themselves doing just that. And when this show opens on February 7 at Newnan Theatre Company, everyone will get to see that time-honored adage "Be careful what you wish for, for you will surely get it" come to life.
Bill and Leon are lifelong friends, but since Bill's nasty divorce seven years ago, his personal life has been nothing short of a shambles. Leon signs Bill up for a mate-finding service as a fiftieth birthday present, and they set about making a "love list," a list of the ten qualities Bill would want in his perfect match. When a woman appears on Bill's doorstep, showing all ten of the qualities, Bill couldn't be happier. But when those "perfect qualities" turn out to be disastrous, everything goes haywire.
Andrew Miller is directing this production. "When I read the script," he says, "I was struck by the parallels to a movie from the '80's called Weird Science. Nothing ever goes right when someone is trying to build a model of perfection, but instead of the story becoming a 'Frankenstein' tale, it goes all out for the humor."
Ralph Myers plays the luckless Bill, a statistics researcher whose boring existence drives his friend Leon crazy. Leon, played by Tony Daniel, is a novelist who thrives on his carousing with women because it "fuels his creative energy." And Megs Free plays Justine, the "perfect woman" created by Leon and Bill to meet every attribute necessary to be Bill's ultimate mate.
"I think it's hysterical," Free says, "the idea of finding anyone who is 'perfect.' The imperfections in all of us are what gives everyone a personality. Who wants everyone to be the same?"
Norm Foster's The Love List opens at Newnan Theatre Company in the Black Box arena on February 7-10 and 14-17. Tickets are available now by going to NTC's website, www.newnantheatre.org , or by calling the theatre offices at 770.683.6282. The showtimes are 8 pm for shows on Thursdays through Saturdays, and 3 pm for the Sunday matinees.