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2 Star Starred
The Winthrop Playhouse
At Belcher Street 60 Hermon Street Winthrop, MA 02152
617-539-1175
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17 reviews
5 stars
attended Feb 25 2012

Interesting play built around an epistolary relationship taking place over the course of two lifetimes. Engaging and poignant without being mawkish.

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Description

Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romanticaly attached, they continue to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years—where Andy goes on to excel at Yale and law school, while Melissa flunks out of a series of “good schools.” While Andy is off at war Melissa marries, but her attachment to Andy remains strong and she continues to keep in touch as he marries, becomes a successful attorney, gets involved in politics and, eventually, is elected to the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, her marriage in tatters, Melissa dabbles in art and gigolos, drinks more than she should, and becomes estranged from her children. Eventually she and Andy do become involved in a brief affair, but it is really too late for both of them. However Andy’s last letter, written to her mother after Melissa’s untimely death, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years—physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.

About the Ticket Supplier: The Winthrop Playmakers

The Winthrop Playmakers is a non-profit theater company founded in 1938. We are dedicated to presenting quality theatrical productions at affordable prices in order to keep live theater accessible to the community at large.