Area theatergoers have only until Sunday to catch the luminous Mia Farrow acting her heart out in “Love Letters” at the Long Wharf Theatre. This special engagement in New Haven has the actress paired with a very fine Brian Dennehy in a revival of A.R. Gurney’s classic two-hander. It’s stage magic.
A.R. Gurney’s epistolary romance actually started at Long Wharf in 1988 and its homecoming over a quarter of a century later is certainly a cause for celebration. This is one of Gurney’s finest plays and that’s saying a lot about an author responsible for such modern classics as “The Dining Room” and “Sylvia.” Every time I see another production of “Love Letters” I marvel at the complexity of character that Gurney has defined so acutely and the discovery of something new missed in previous viewings. The staging and setting (by Frank J. Alberino) is spare here: the actors sit side by side in comfortable chairs reading the letters at a handsome mahogany table situated on a rich Oriental rug.