Xenia Theater special Valentine’s production

By Bill Duffield

January 25, 2014

XENIA — The Xenia Area Community Theater will offer its signature and unique way to commemorate Valentine’s Day with a wine tasting followed by a performance of A.R. Gurney’s captivating and award-winning play, Love Letters.

The special feature will be offered at the theater, Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15. This marks the fifth Valentine’s Day the theater has presented Gurney’s engaging play with previous performances selling out and also being chosen a Critic’s Choice in 2008 by the Dayton City Paper.

The play chronicles a 50-year relationship and sometimes-romance between troubled rich girl, Melissa Gardner and the ambitious Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. As Andy, portrayed by Mike Taint and Melissa, played by Mike’s real-life wife, Amy, read their letters aloud, what is created is an engaging, humorous, and touching play.

Mike is a veteran of local opera and theater and is a recipient of the Blackburn Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical. Amy also brings a solid background in local theater to Love Letters and is thrilled to be starring with Mike in X*ACT’s production.

“Mike gave me a copy of this play as a gift when we first started dating. Performing it with him is like a dream come true.”

“It’s a very special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day,” director Al Yarcho. “Folks enjoy a wonderful pre-show gathering and then get to experience an exceptional play in a very intimate setting.”

Each evening will commence with wine tastings, cheese trays and chocolate at 6:30 p.m. The curtain goes up on Love Letters at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the evening are $17.50 each and may be purchased on-line at X*ACT’s web site (www.xeniaact.org) or by making reservations at 937-372-0516.