by Erin Greer
When it comes to true love, is honesty really the best policy?
Meet Kane and Carolyn, heads of the ‘typical’ American family in “True Love Lies,” the new comedy from renowned playwright Brad Fraser. By all accounts, this couple has their life in order–nice home, steady income, two kids. Yes, all is well in the Kane/Carolyn household…that is until David, Kane’s former lover, comes to town.
What follows is an emotional, hilarious, raucous romp for a family forced to confront the lies of the past to find truth in the present.
At intervals moving, funny and disturbing, the show tackles the topic of self-discovery, and, as cast members Tracy Vaden Moore and Robin Bloodoworth discovered, self acceptance.
Describing the show as “distinct and sometimes chaotic,” Moore said her character, Kane and Carolyn’s daughter Madison, provides the catalyst for the piece.
“In terms of plot progression, Madison initiates and provokes the families interactions with David. As I learn about Madison I have to be careful to remind myself that she’s not intentionally hurtful, she’s a curious and confused adolescent on the brink of adulthood,” Moore said. “In her life, she has yet to meet the challenges she encounters throughout the script. And her progression and transformation from beginning to end is monumental. Growing up is tough.”
For his part, Bloodworth, who plays Kane, said his interest in the show was peaked several years ago after seeing a performance of “Unidentified Human Remains and The True Nature of Love,” the prequel to “True Love Lies.” Bloodworth said what drew him to the piece was “that the complications inherent in human sexual relationships sometimes defy logical explanations.”
Though their characters’ journeys differ, Moore and Bloodworth said the message derived from Madison and Kane’s experiences are the same. Specifically, to love one another–warts and all.
“Love each other, quirks, mistakes, and all, no matter what it takes,” Moore said.