Photo Credit: Willy Sanjuan
Everyone wonders why a love relationship between 2 stars that everyone loves and adores doesn’t work. The play Joe & Marilyn: A Love Story examines this and very intimate details. The actors, Rico Simonini (Joe) and Emily Elicia Low (Marilyn) have a very strong resemblance to the real people,in particular, Emily Elicia Low. She has the best physical resemblance to Marilyn that I have ever seen. Rico who is an Italian American is very believable as Joe.
The play opens up with their first date and moves into their eventual marriage and events that cause problems in their personal lives. Joe cannot handle Marilyn’s fame and his morality is very opposed to her portrayal of her film personalities and also her personal sexual experiences with her acting coach, agent, and others along her path to fame and stardom.
These actors show the love, disappointment and emotional aspects in a way that touches your heart. Their love affair never really ended and they always kept in touch over the years even after their marriage ended after nine months. Joe was always there when Marilyn needed him and wished he was there on the day before her death. Joe was always there in a very spiritual way and always had flowers placed on her gravesite every week until he died and on his deathbed he did say that he now would be seeing Marilyn again in paradise. Their love never died.
Fans of these two stars must see the play and all the others who would love to know more about Marilyn and Joe. Director T.J. Castronovo has done a marvelous directing job bringing these characters to life along with the writer Willard Manus’ intimate dialogue. Produced by John Lant and Anne Mesa.
Joe & Marilyn A Love Story opened on April 23 at the Brickhouse Theater 10950 Peach Grove Street, NorthHollywood, CA 9601 and runs until May 22, 2016
Produced by: Write Act Rep@ The Brick House Theatre