THE STORY: A mother and daughter navigate the choppy waters of infidelity under very different circumstances: Gloria’s husband Colin has fallen for another Alzheimer’s patient at the facility where he resides. Michelle’s husband, Matt, has strayed after losing a local election and wrestling with his unfulfilled ambitions. A play about what we can’t remember and what we can forgive, OLD LOVE NEW LOVE explores what happens when old love faces new challenges.
“Poignant moments punctuate OLD LOVE NEW LOVE…The frustration that Lane, a former surgeon, expresses about her eroding senses is piercing, thanks to some sharp writing.” —The New York Times. “It would have been very easy for Brienza to succumb to cloying sentimentality—or, worse, cloying cuteness. But she gets the tone just right. There is a sweetness to this play, and lots of humorous moments, but Brienza never goes over the top, keeping the tone dry and clear-eyed enough to make her story grounded in reality and, ultimately, quite moving.” —NJArts.net. “A must-see for every person who might even think of falling in love.” —QonStage.com. “A mind is a terrible thing to lose. Feeling it go, a reality for many people with Alzheimer’s disease, who try to stave it off with Post-It notes, must be like living inside a pit of dread. [OLD LOVE NEW LOVE] dramatizes that beautifully.” —The Montclair Times.