Kinda creepy, but good chemistry
Sacramento, CA 95814
Bud is a longtime divorcé and Molly a recent widow. With the death of Molly’s husband, Bud sees his opportunity to finally score on his crush and pounces. Unfortunately, he chooses Molly’s husband’s funeral to make his intentions known, which is either awkwardly endearing or really creepy. “Creepy” kinda wins out in Old Love, which probably isn’t the concept playwright Norm Foster was going for when he portrayed these later-in-life pursuers of romance: Bud is the nonstop wooer (more like stalker) and Molly is the reluctant prize. It’s evident why Foster is referred to as the Canadian Neil Simon; he writes fast-paced, very witty dialogue; lots of repartee between quirky characters; and plot lines of convenience. But what elevates this play from its somewhat forced quirky cuteness are the two stars who portray eight characters. David Silberman and Judy Jean Berns are a joy to watch, making their exchanges look seamless and their chemistry like ballroom dancing.
Old Love, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; $18-$30. B Street Theatre, 2711 B Street; (916) 443-5300; www.bstreettheatre.org. Through September 12.