Theater Review: Linda Abronski, Steve Vrtol III bring ‘Love Letters’ back to benefit Rockford College

By Edith McCauley
Theater Critic

The revival of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters staged as a benefit for Rockford College at the Maddox Theatre reunites Linda Abronski and Steve Vrtol III with Director Bern Sundstedt. Friends for years had worked together many years when the opportunity arose to perform Gurney’s Love Letters at the New American Theater in January 1993. The performance at Rockford College provided them the chance to again work together, and the outcome is a memorable experience.

Many years ago, as a part of the Friends of the Howard Colman Library at Rockford College, our annual dinner offered entertainment, and one of our members suggested Abronski and Vrtol do Love Letters. The charming and insightful exchange of a lifelong correspondence became one of my favorite plays.

Later, seeing 1776 that includes the letters of John and Abigail Adams, I realized the historical and emotional significance of the written word. My personal letter writing continues, although in the near future, young people will be unable to read my cursive writing.

Neil Rennerfeldt did the lighting and set design. Jeff Hendry did costumes, and Laurie Oliver was stage manager.

Rockford College continues to offer a fine theater program, and Artists’ Ensemble’s performance space in the Cheek Theatre makes professional theater available to the students.

Do enjoy our local theater.

From the Feb. 22-28, 2012, issue

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