November 8, 2003
'Crazy Love' hits home with
Oct. 25, 2002. The Courier-Journal
The show is set up to make
members of the audience feel as if they are sitting in on a doctor/patient
session in which Branyan, as the patient, reveals a number of humorous, yet
dead-On, observations about relationships.
Because of a scheduling
conflict, my boyfriend, Tom, couldn't attend the show with me last weekend, so
as backup I invited a couple of attractive male friends. Trust me, if I were
single, that never could have happened. It's feast or famine in the dating
Anyway, there I was,
feeling smug for having two dates when all of the play's little male/female
observations started to make me a little uncomfortable. I mean, how much was my
laughter revealing to these guys?
For instance, if you laugh
really hard during a skit about, say, buying the wrong gift, will the people
around you automatically infer that it parallels your life somehow? (Sorry,
Bobby and Jason, but I'm guessing I know you both a lot better now than you
might expect.) In fact, it was almost surreal hearing Branyan say things that
I'm sure Torn would say about me. If my name were Lori, and we had several kids,
and had been married for 16 years.
The amount of laughter in
the intimate theater might make you think you've stepped into a comedy club, but
Branyan is no stand-up comedian. He's more of a bounce-around, fall-to-the-floor
and even sing-a-little-bit comedian. Plus, there's none of that forced, awkward
audience performance interaction common in comedy clubs.
My two non-Torn dates
enjoyed the performance as much as I did, though they admitted that they only
agreed to go because I offered to buy them each beer afterward.
Guys, I've been calling
"Crazy Love" a show, but it might be considered a play, or even a musical. I
asked Branyan what I should call it and he replied:
"HAH! If you can figure out
what to call it, let me know!