Last chance

First Love: “There needs to be love in this world.” Such simplistic-sounding truths underscore the spry theatricality of Charles L. Mee’s “First Love.” This 2001 companion piece to Mee’s “True Love” and “Big Love” provides a tickling, ultimately piercing rumination on romance in the twilight of life. Director Allan Miller keeps this exercise honest with selfless assurance. Stars Harold Pointer and Priscilla Symonds obligingly do the same, magnificent in their attuned commitment as a 70-ish couple who, by the conclusion, have broken each other’s hearts, as well as those of their audience.

David C. Nichols

For the record:

12:00 a.m. May 24, 2003 For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday May 24, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 52 words Type of Material: Correction
Cast names -- Priscilla Pointer and Robert Symonds are the stars of “First Love,” the play by Charles L. Mee that is running through Sunday at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A. The actors’ names were given as Harold Pointer and Priscilla Symonds in the Last Chance item in Thursday’s Calendar Weekend.


Ends Sunday at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. (310) 477-2055.