(Alexis Soloski’s article appeared in The New York Times, 9/11; via Pam Green.)

What makes a great love letter?

“Sincerity,” Stacy Keach said.

“A kind of excess,” Mia Farrow said.

“Good spelling, good grammar and passion,” Carol Burnett said.

Well, they can fight it out during intermission.

On Thursday, the Broadway revival of A. R. Gurney’s 1989 play, “Love Letters,” directed by Gregory Mosher, opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theater. Brian Dennehy will play Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, a buttoned-up blue blood. Ms. Farrow will play Melissa Gardner, an unruly woman whose blood runs even bluer.

Seated side by side, rarely glancing at each other, they’ll read aloud from five decades of correspondence: mash notes, party invitations, the record of a disastrous coupling at the Harvard-Yale game. Later in the run, actors including Mr. Keach, Ms. Burnett, Diana Rigg, Alan Alda, Anjelica Huston, Candice Bergen and Martin Sheen will take over the roles.


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