Aspects of Love at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre | Theater review
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1989 musical boils over with proclamations of passion.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1989 musical is based on a 1955 novella by David Garnett. Yet with its tracking of an actress’s romantic affairs, male rivalries, intergenerational entanglements, pastoral European setting and general philosophizing about love, Aspects of Love reads like a poor cousin of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.
Struggling actress Rose Vibert (Kelli Harrington) gives in to the clumsy advances of adoring fan Alex Dillingham (Matthew Keffer), even though he’s only 17. But she falls hard for Alex’s widowed uncle George (Sean Thomas) upon meeting him a few days or months or years later. (At least 17 years pass over the course of the play, but in Lloyd Webber’s gauzy book, it can be tough to track the progress.) In Act II, several years later, Alex reunites with the now-married Rose and George, only to become enamored of their teenage daughter (Rochelle Therrien), despite being two decades her senior and also, yes, her cousin.
The show is almost completely sung-through, though Lloyd Webber, as is his wont, has only composed about an hour’s worth of music, repeating to fill as necessary. At least musical director Jeremy Ramey, leading a four-piece band, strips the score of its bombast, and the cast is filled with strong voices. Director Fred Anzevino makes his usual smart, efficient use of the intimate No Exit Café space, though some of his actors seem to be playing to a nonexistent balcony.