Reviews for ‘Loose Ends’ are Wonderful

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STAGE RAW – “…rich in acting chops”  and  “…a solid Joseph Gilbert”
LA  BEAT – “played in most heartfelt fashion by Joseph Gilbert”

New American Theatre Festival of New One Act Plays 2015
Stage Raw
Reviewed by Bill Raden

“The Loose Ends” is playwright Mark Harvey Levine’s existential twist on the theme of opposites attract. Brendan Gill is Adam, the younger life partner of Joseph (a solid Joseph Gilbert). The two men, who appear to be in the midst of a break-up, divide their CD collection in what becomes an inventory of their fundamentally incompatible, generationally divided tastes and temperaments. It is only with the arrival of Adam’s mother (a nuanced Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin) and the play’s sudden shift in perspective that Levine’s true aims get revealed as a wistful meditation on loss, grief and the healing affirmation of love.
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New American Theatre’s Festival of One Acts: From a Fruitful Flurry of F&*ks to Fighting as Fore-Foreplay Equals Fun for All!

The LA Beat
Reviewed by Jennifer K. Hugus

The Loose Ends is another tear-jerker in waiting as two men, Richard the elder and Adam the younger, played respectively and in most heartfelt fashion by Joseph Gilbert and Brendan Gill, break up while divvying up their CDs.  One likes Madonna, the other Brittney each justifying their love of respective tastes by arguing “it’s her early stuff.”  One enjoys Panicking at the Disco while the other just enjoys Disco and Adam the younger admits that all he ever wanted to do was listen to his music of the contemporary kind without giving a thought to its roots and/or being told why it was good or bad.  But this is only the tip of the iceberg regarding their separation as, at the arrival of Adam’s mother played by a stunning and sincere Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin, the entire nature of their parting is unveiled. It is both shocking and even more heart rending that we had originally thought…
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