(Charles Isherwood’s article appeared in The New York Times, 9/18; via Pam Green.)

"Love Letters": Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy, who will be succeeded by other couples in A. R. Gurney’s two-person play at the Brooks Atkinson. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times

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The dying art of putting pen to paper to exchange news is being celebrated on Broadway this fall. “Love Letters,” A. R. Gurney’s durable epistolary play, in which two actors sit on comfortable chairs onstage and read from the lifelong correspondence between a man and a woman from the East Coast upper crust, has made it to the big time, commercially speaking.

A rotating cast of stars, beginning with Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow, will be taking the stage of the Brooks Atkinson Theater, where the production opened Thursday night under the expert direction of Gregory Mosher, to remind us that before emails and texts, before emoticons and emojis and Facebook and Instagram, people communicated their fondest hopes, their casual observations and their lame jokes on paper, with pen or pencil or perhaps a typewriter, and then stuffed the results into quaint things called mailboxes.



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