Reviewed by Valerie Cardinal
It’s easy to see why Crazy Love was the winner of the 2010 Kit Brennan Award for Best Play. David Sklar’s script is successful at portraying a relationship that lasted one year, five months and two weeks, which isn’t an easy thing to do. Even though the story may be one often repeated – in television, movies and sadly, real life – when done well, it’s captivating.
Crazy Love is a dark comedy, emphasis on the dark. A girl tries to win back her ex-boyfriend, who has since moved on, by way of a pregnancy scare. Amy Kitz is pitch perfect as Rebecca, a totally crazy, jealous bitch who still manages to make herself sympathetic to the audience. You can understand why she and her boyfriend were in a relationship in the first place, even though Kitz’s character clearly needs help. Braulio Elicer also throws himself into his portrayal of Leo, Rebecca’s put-upon ex. His acting may be a little over the top at points, but there is obvious chemistry between him and Kitz which is wonderful to see.
The production uses lighting to transition between the present and the past of this relationship, giving the audience both the good times and the bad. At times it takes a moment to catch up to the transitions, but the context makes for a well-rounded, well-written and well-acted show.