The meeting of two classmates who have not seen each other for 15 years takes place on the bridge. From which one of them, Harry, is about to jump off. He is disappointed and wants to commit suicide. Milt has a successful career, a beloved woman. But the wife interferes – she does not give a divorce, which the husband is ready to kill. And then Milt decides to bring Harry to his wife. The consequences will be unpredictable.“Today, love has lost its true, original essence, we have distorted and insulted this feeling, it has become false, degenerated into physical attraction,” Murray Shizgal wrote about the play, the name of which “LUV” is a distorted word “LOVE” (“love “). The author called it “a black comedy with a yellow stripe”, that is, there is still hope.Shizgal, a well-known playwright in the United States, the scriptwriter of the famous film “Tootsie”, wrote the play “LUV” in the 1960s. In 1967, the American film “Love” was released with famous actors Peter Falk and Jack Lemmon. However, the plot about the love of adults, but not matured infantile people, is quite modern.
This feeling has many facets. It makes you either smile, or shed tears, or be surprised at how deep a person can be and how pleasant it is to dissolve in it. And sometimes love is false, one that only hides behind beautiful words, but in reality is a beautiful candy wrapper. Poets and prose writers of all times wrote about love, and each of them was disturbed by the question – what is this feeling for which one wants to live and is it true that all ages are submissive to this very love?
Theatrical performances dedicated to the theme of love have always evoked and continue to evoke an emotional response from the audience. It is not necessary to speak about it in words, enough gestures, glances, half-phrases. This is exactly how, with a hint, the play “LubOFF” staged by the New Theater turned out.
The action takes place in America in the 50s, and the whole atmosphere and scenery on the stage reflect the spirit of that time.
The genre of this play is designated as a “comedy”, but it raises philosophical questions that are far from humor, and its main character is love raised to the level of absurdity.