Play review: ‘Love Letters’ is different, yet entertaining at the Fisher Theatre

Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal
DETROIT — Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal star in “Love Letters” at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit.  It’s a play written by A.R. Gurney is about two people Ali McGraw (Melissa Gardner) and Ryan O’Neal (Andrew Makepeace Ladd III) who have known each other since the second grade and were first loves.
The set consists of two chairs and a table while the two actors read scripts of letters they had written to each other through the span on 50 years. During this time, Melissa and Andy speak of their dramas during each of their lives. By acknowledging their mutual attraction and just seeing each other scarcely on the weekend, their lives barely intercept and they go in different directions.
Ali McGraw noted that she was glad to read script of “Love Letters” on stage because she didn’t like remembering lines.  She currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Ryan O’Neal has never done a stage play before, this was his first time.  He is usually known for tv and film.   He currently lives in Malibu, California.
This play revolves around enduring romance about first loves and second chances.  It was very different, in my opinion, however still entertaining.  The play lasted 90 minutes with no intermission.
Performance times for “Love Letters” appearing April 12 – 17, 2016 at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 West Grand Blvd., in Detroit are:
Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday matinee at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday performance at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets range from $45-$75 (includes facility and parking fees) at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787 or online at Broadway In Detroit or Tickets – Tickets – Buy Tickets Online for Concerts, Sports, Theater and Events – Ticketmaster
Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal
Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal in “Love Letters.” (Photo by Austin Hargrave)

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