Don't touch that dial! Three of TV's best-known comic actresses have come to the Palos Verdes Players for three-night-only mountings of Love Letters, the epistolary A.R. Gurney play. Produced by Susan A. Lyon, Love Letters runs Dec. 5-Jan. 18 at the Players' home on Moreton St. In Torrance, CA.
The show opened Dec. 5 with JoAnne Worley (TV's "Laugh-In," Broadway's The Prince Of Central Park) paired with Roger Perry. The following weekend, Linda Henning teamed with Paul Peterson.
Next up, Jan. 9-11, is Charlotte Rae (TV's "Different Strokes") and Len Lesser. Then, Jan. 16-18, Marion Ross (TV's "Happy Days," film's Avalon) and Paul Michael.
Gurney's 1989 drama traces the lifelong friendship between a young man and woman of wildly different social and political views. Since the play is easy to stage (two lecterns) and can be read from two notebooks, many famous actors have taken turns doing the show in brief runs, as when Love Letters played Off-Broadway at the Promenade Theatre. Previous players include John Rubinstein, Dana Ivey, Jill Eikenberry & Michael Tucker, Treat Williams, Marsha Mason and Stockard Channing.
Other Gurney plays include Sylvia and The Middle Ages. For tickets ($20) and information on Love Letters call (310) 326 2287.
-- By David Lefkowitz