Regional Reviews: Washington, D.C.
She Loves Me
The holiday season is upon us and there is no better time for a light and charming musical like She Loves Me. Now playing at the Olney Theatre Center, this production is a delight to watch. She Loves Me is a musical comedy based on a play by Miklos Laszlo. In addition to She Loves Me, Mr. Laszlo's piece has inspired a number of films which include The Shop Around The Corner and, most recently, You've Got Mail.
Set in Budapest during the 1930s, She Loves Me explores the relationship between Georg, a very single store clerk, and his co-worker Amalia. Upon meeting, the pair is immediately combative. As they go through the months working together, their hostility toward each other continues. All the while, neither one realizes that they have been anonymously corresponding with each other through a lonely-hearts club.
Although the Tony nominated musical was originally produced in 1963, this production feels like a breath of fresh air. Undoubtedly, most of the credit goes to director Jim Petosa. It is obvious that Mr. Petosa has stayed true to the engaging book by Joe Masteroff and the lovely score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. However, he has also added his own energy to the show, thus presenting a product that has a wide appeal.
This production of She Loves Me is definitely one of the high points of the Washington, D.C. theater season. She Loves Me runs through December 30th so don't miss this holiday treat.
She Loves Me