August 3-27 brings the second part of the American debut of The Mysterious Mr. Love, a new play by Karoline Leach. The romantic thriller premiered July 13-23 at Mamaroneck, New York's Emelin Theatre, in a co-production with Stony Point, NY's Penguin Rep Theatre. Now Penguin Rep has its own production, Aug. 3-27.
Set in 1912, the drama's titular character, George Love, comes across as a charming, polite diplomat. However, his ruse is just a cover, as he is a fortune hunter, looking for vulnerable young women to marry so he can steal their treasures. Adelaide Pinchin appears as just another victim, but things get interesting when George genuinely falls in love with her.
The show was first presented by Bill Kenwright at London’s Comedy Theatre under the direction of Bob Tomson, Aug. 7, 1997. The Penguin Repertory Theatre’s Artistic director, Joe Brancato, staged the show at Emelin and again does the honors in his home theatre.
Again performing the two roles of Mr. Love and Adelaide are Ann Dowd (Roundabout Theatre's Candida) and Brent Harris. The technical staff remains Jeffery Nellis (lighting design), Bob Auld (sound design), Daryl A. Stone (costume design), and Matthew Maraffi (set design).
Tickets are $19-$22. Penguin Rep Theatre is located just off Crickettown Road in Stony Point, NY. For more information, call (845) 786-2873. -- By David Lefkowitz
and Daniel Fischer