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Love/Sick (Cariani)

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Full Length, Romantic Comedy
2-9 men, 2-9 women (doubling, flexible casting)
Flexible Set
ISBN: 978-0-8222-3359-6


FEE: $100 per performance.

SPECIAL NOTE: Original music composed by Julian Fleisher is available through the Play Service for $20.00 and will be distributed electronically. The royalty fee for the use of this music is $20.00 per nonprofessional performance. For more information about music in LOVE/SICK, follow the "Incidental Music" link below.

THE STORY: A darker cousin to Almost, Maine, John Cariani’s LOVE/SICK is a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, this 80-minute romp explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, LOVE/SICK is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone.
“Sometimes playwright John Cariani looks at the world—actually the worlds—of love and relationships through rose-colored glasses. Just as often he views those worlds through lenses tinted a middling-to-dark-gray or maybe a jaundiced yellow…While poking fun at the happily-ever-after notion by means of a strong dose of happily-never-after, Cariani shoots his cockeyed valentines with a quiver full of funny lines. He knows how to keep audiences laughing while passing along disappointing news." —The Huffington Post. “…Whimsical romantic comedy. In the nine vignettes that make up [the] play, couples meet [or] break apart or learn to love each other more…the jokes here are easygoing and snark-free." —The New York Times. “[LOVE/SICK brings] to light the complexity of communication and what it means to not only love someone else, but yourself as well…Truly beautiful.” — “A dark, amusing look at romance…strikes just the right balance between wisdom and whimsy…light, bright, anti-romantic, and engaging.” —The Hartford Courant. “Entertaining and fun. A satisfyingly dark look at this thing we call love." —