Theatre Northwest showcased a unique representation of love and relationships Oct. 4-7 as it presented “Love/Sick” in the Ron Houston Center for Performing Arts Studio Theater.

The series of nine scenes focused on the various stages of love and showed the audience how love comes in different forms.

“Love/Sick” was written by John Cariani and directed by Professor of Theater Joe Kreizinger. In his director’s note, Kreizinger described the key essence of the show.

“Each two-person piece is a complete show in and of itself, but collectively, we hope to convey the universal ‘cycle’ of human relationships,” Kreizinger said in his director’s note. “From love-at-first-sight to love-long-passed, this is far from your typical ‘romantic comedies.’”

The play focused on nine couples trying to go through their various relationships and the issues that could possibly arise in them. The actors used these unique scenes to explain that love is not always the perfect and romanticized version presented in movies.

Rhiannon Hopkins, a freshman speech and theater education major, played Jill in one of the scenes and explained that it was hard to get prepared for her role.

“It was stressful preparing for this part, and it was a different process compared to a normal audition experience,” Hopkins said. “They asked us to come in and do a cold reading of the script, and it was difficult to go through some of these topics because I had never experienced them before.”

Allison Westerdale, a freshman speech and theater education major who played Kelly, described how this was a great experience to share this topic with other college students.

“Coming to college makes a big difference compared to the relationships that we had in high school,” Westerdale said. “Here we get to control how things go, and are responsible for the decisions we make in our relationships, and this show demonstrates those decisions perfectly.”

This show demonstrated love is not confined to one version and exists in a variety of forms from same sex couples to a married couple trying to rediscover the fire.

Bryant Thompson, a freshman theater performance major, played Bill and talked about how it is important discussing when relationships turn toxic.

“It is definitely a choice to be in those types of relationships, but the people in those relationships still feel love and it is important for us to portray that for the audience,” Thompson said. “It just goes to show that love is complex and comes in so many different forms and not everyone is exposed to them on a regular basis.”

Westerdale wants audience members to leave with an understanding that love comes in many different forms.

“Love is such a wide topic that we do not know about all of the different forms of love, and this show exposes us to so many of those forms,” Westerdale said. “It just goes to show that there are different stages of life and love and these relationships show how love can grow or shrink over time.”

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