Love Is in the Air
Peninsula Players has opened a romantic comedy that’s the second and final show of its 2021 season: James Sherman’s Romance in D.
In it, musicologist Charles (Neil Brookshire) insulates himself from romantic entanglements by remaining occupied with work, casual friendships and food visits from his mother, Helen (Judy Blue), the self-proclaimed “soup fairy.” The lovable but awkward Isabel (Cassandra Bissell), a brokenhearted poet, moves into the apartment next door and has only her visiting father, George (Greg Vinkler), for company.
After Charles rescues Isabel from a half-hearted suicide attempt, his loving but sometimes overbearing mother tries to push the two of them together, and they develop a friendship while resisting parental meddling. Helen and George also meet, and all four discover that true love can blossom when you least expect it.
Tom Mula directs Romance in D, and the creative team includes Jack Magaw, scenic design; Kärin Simonson Kopischke, costume design; Stephen Roy White, lighting design; and Joe Court, sound design. All of the designers were part of the 2019 creative team for Peninsula Players’ Silent Sky.
The side panels, doors and vents of the theater will remain open throughout the 90-minute romantic comedy (with no intermission), so patrons should dress for the weather and be prepared for shifting temperatures or breezes. All parties will be seated in a socially distanced manner. Visit peninsulaplayers.com to review ticket-purchasing options and the latest safety protocols.
Romance in D runs Tuesdays – Saturdays, 7 pm, and Sundays, 2 pm, through Sept. 19.