Capital Fringe 2014 Review ‘Love Letter Lost’

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(Best of the Capital Fringe)

Love Letter Lost, presented by Tut’Zanni Theatre Company, is everything a Fringe show should be: fast paced, highly entertaining, and a wonderfully comic way to spend an evening.

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The acting troupe (Ali Landvatter, Allegra Libonati, Dory Sibley, Liam Mulshine, Molly Tomhave, and Patrick Berger) consists of six expert scene-stealers. Each of these actors is incredibly gifted with comic timing and the stakes are high in every scene as the actors vie for audience sympathy and support.

The plot of Love Letter Lost, such as it is, is highly improvisational, as befits Commedia dell’Arte. It concerns feuding families, star crossed lovers, a misdirected letter, put-upon servants, and a sea captain with a gambling problem. Audience participation is not only expected, but required, and has direct impact on the improvisational direction the actors take with the plot.

Tut’Zanni makes the most of a tiny Fringe stage, creating magic with masks, colored silks, and a few representational costume pieces. They are so good that you completely buy into the make-believe world they are creating onstage.

Love Letter Lost is a not to be missed Fringe experience.

Running Time: 75 minutes.

Love Letter Lost plays through July 26, 2014 at Gearbox – 1021 7th  Street, NW, in Washington, DC. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to their Capital Fringe Page.

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Diane Jackson Schnoor
Diane Jackson Schnoor is delighted to be back in the DC metro area after nearly two decades away. She earned her BA at The American University, with a minor in theatre arts, and holds a master's and doctorate in elementary education from the University of Virginia. A lifelong devotee of the arts, Diane's reviews and arts feature stories have been published in The Millbrook Independent and DC Metro Theatre Arts. As an actress, Diane has performed with the Cape Fear Regional Theatre, the Fort Bragg Playhouse, TriArts Sharon Playhouse, and in musicals and dance shows in Millbrook, NY, Amenia, NY, and Lakeville, CT. Her day job career has run the gamut from adjunct college faculty to preschool director to public relations director and back again, but her primary occupation these days is as chauffeur to the two young actresses who inhabit her home in Winchester, VA.

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