How I Fell in Love
Joel Feld's well-acted, well-written romantic comedy is a delightful theatrical experience.
Beginning as two monologues, the play brings us into the heads of Nessa (Polly Lee), a very talkative but sweet doctor in residence, and Todd (Tommy Schrider), a highly intelligent carpet layer who doesn't have enough confidence to pursue what he wants professionally or romantically.
Nessa falls for an older married doctor, Eric (Mark Doherty), against her better judgment, and Todd strikes up an odd conversation about Fresca with an eccentric actress, Louise (Roya Shanks). These relationships lead both Todd and Nessa into therapy when Eric stops returning Nessa's calls after a brief affair and Louise tells Todd she just got engaged while they're on what he thinks is a date.
Todd and Nessa wind up in the same waiting room, and over the course of weeks, get to know each other through short conversations before their appointments. After a while, they realize that they're helping each other more than being in therapy, so they decide to pool their money and take a little trip together. This launches them into a relationship ignited more by compassion than passion.
Jules Orchoa's simple staging seamlessly blends Fields' scenes together, making the many time jumps feel as part of the natural progression of Todd's and Nessa's lives. There's an incredible honesty that pulsates through the show, allowing Fields to get away with some dialogue that might feel corny in a different context.