Moriah Mason / Staff Writer
On March 5, the Underground Theatre presented “Love Isn’t Real” in Studio 60 of Harrison Theatre. The play was about a scientist named Elena and her best friend Penny trying to prove that love is nonexistent. Throughout the theatrical production, Elena decides to conduct this experiment by spending time with her lab subject, Adrian.
While the play was comedic it also featured several lessons on love. It displayed the complications of love, but also how beneficial it can be. Throughout the play, the audience could see Elena’s hesitation towards romantic love and how she tries to confront this through her experiment.
Cast member Ami Gelderman discussed her hopes of what the audience would be able to take away from the play.
“I kind of hope that people take away from the show how complicated love can be, but also that they see all of the good things about love too,” Gelderman said.
Director Samantha Jo Hodges hoped that the audiences would not solely focus on romantic love, but the love of friendship as well.
“I would hope that what the audience takes from the show is that romantic love is not the only true love you can have in your life,” Hodges said,”’The friendship brand of love’” is a key theme in this show, as the only true, genuine relationship that we see is that of Elena and Penny.”
Both Gelderman and Hodges also stated their own personal views on love.
“Love is an amazing thing, but it doesn’t always work out, so it’s important to appreciate the little things,” Gelderman said,“There are also different forms of love that are no less important than romantic love, like friendship and family, both of which are brought up in the play too!”
“I would say that falling in love is not where the choice is made,” said Hodges, “Relationships are hard. Two different people working together cohesively is hard, and it takes work. Working on a relationship to maintain love is where the choice comes into play and making that a choice only creates a stronger relationship. Once you choose to be there for that other person, whether a best friend, a significant other or even yourself, the bond becomes much more powerful.”