Similar to its more-light-hearted cousin Almost, Maine, LOVE/SICK is a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short vignettes taking place 7:30 on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality (where a bride can literally get cold feet and a couple can simply forgot to have a baby). This 80-minute romp explores the tragedy and comedy of relationships. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, LOVE/SICK is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone.
LTM audiences might recognize John Cariani’s name (and the play’s style) from LTM’s 2014 popular production of Almost, Maine. In 2004, Almost, Maine had its premiere production at Portland Stage Company. Two years later, in January 2006, the play moved to New York where it opened Off-Broadway to warmly welcoming reviews, with the New York Times noting “its whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance.” In 2010 it headed the list of most-produced plays in America’s high schools, knocking Shakespeare off the top spot, a position he had occupied continuously since 1937.
LOVE/SICK has followed a similar production path, appearing at Portland Stage in the spring of 2013 before opening off-Broadway in 2015, with BroadwayWorld.com calling the play “entertaining and fun. A satisfyingly dark look at this thing we call love,” and TheSource.com stating “[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.”
Cariani has been nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Motel the tailor in the Broadway revival of “Fiddler on the Roof,” and won an Outer Critics Circle award for that role in 2004. He has appeared on numerous TV shows, including most recently the season finale of the ever-popular Showtime series “Homeland.” For many years, he made regular appearances on “Law & Order” as a lab tech.