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