Love/Stories (Or, But You Will Get Used To It)

by Itamar Moses

Produced by The Flea Theater
January 2009 - April 2009 (extended twice)

The script of Love/Stories (Or, But You Will Get Used To It) has been published, and you can buy a copy on Amazon. There's a great photo on the cover from our production.

Photos by Joan Marcus, Set Design by Jerad Schomer, Costume Design by Jessica Pabst, Lighting Design by Joe Chapman.

"Itamar Moses…has given the cast fine material with which to showcase its abilities: some accents, a few mood swings, a little crying and lots of laugh lines that require perfect comic timing....Under Michelle Tattenbaum’s direction…deliciously understated."

The New York Times, February 24th, 2009

"…the final word on the writer's five-play mini-marathon is that it's a hell of a lot of fun…this is the perfect forum for Moses' theatrical instincts, especially as realized by Michelle Tattenbaum..."
Variety, February 16th, 2009

"Michelle Tattenbaum, who has staged several of Mr. Moses' plays but whose work is new to me, has done a terrific job with "Love/Stories," whose postmodern prestidigitation poses some formidable directorial challenges."
Wall Street Journal, February 20th, 2009

"...skillfully and creatively directed by Michelle Tattenbaum...There's something innately relatable within these plays—starring the Flea's resident company, the Bats (Felipe Bonilla, Laurel Holland, Maren Langdon, Michael Micalizzi, and John Russo in this production, all doing bang-up work)...", February 15, 2009

"...these thematically connected playlets showcase the expert comic talents of five of the Flea's resident acting company, the Bats…The connection between the plays is forged by Michelle Tattenbaum's polished direction…these attractive young actors easily wrest every drop of humor and meaningful subtext from their characters...", February 17, 2009

"All the actors belong to the Bats, the Flea's in-house ensemble, so they're used to keeping character in check with the audience so near. I'm always fascinated by them, and these performers are especially loose and lovely. Also nice is Tattenbaum's work, which allows the plays to breathe."
Backstage, February 16, 2009

“Under Michelle Tattenbaum's deft direction, the playlets -- all enacted by five actors – are...thought-provoking and emotionally resonant.”, February 18, 2009

" of the smartest comedies theatergoers will find on stage in New York this winter...a marvel of physical and verbal timing that's been expertly choreographed by director Michelle Tattenbaum."
American Theater Web, February 17, 2009

"Working with the Bats, Michelle Tattenbaum, who has previously directed at least five plays by Itamar Moses, has staged each of these one-acts as taut, engrossing theatrical teasers and obtained trenchant performances from her company of five.", February 17, 2009

"expert direction by Michelle Tattenbaum...Tattenbaum’s attention to detail here is evident, orchestrating the actors like a Maestro, giving the skilled cast a chance to really play with each line and never allowing an unfinished thought to be empty. Not only is she specific with her direction of words, but she also creates a great flow and fluid use of the physical space. Fabricating depth out of the narrow playing space, she stages actors at a desk right up against the audience, uses every doorway, and plays every plane. With the help of great light (Joe Chapman) and set design (Jerad Schomer), she manages to isolate focus to certain areas of the stage one moment at a time, as if we the audience are flipping through the pages of a book of short stories and choose to stop at this one, or that one, because a word pops out at us.", February 19, 2009

Here is some video footage from the production: