In case you haven't seen any of the iterations of this charming story, here are the basics. Two co-workers at a parfumerie in Budapest have such a contentious relationship that you know deep down they really like each other. As it turns out, they've both been writing to an unknown someone, connected via a "lonely hearts" ad in the paper. Georg finds out first that they've actually been writing to (and falling in love with) each other, which causes him to be a bit nicer to Amalia, so that when she finally learns the truth, she realizes she knew it all along. It's a sweet love story between two strong people who know what they want and won't settle for less. We the audience know that they're perfect for each other, which makes that final resolution so satisfying.
|Amalia (Katherine Fried) and Georg (Joseph Hitchcock)|
meet not so cute (photo courtesy of Lyric Arts)
|Amalia (Katherine Friend) waits for her|
"Dear Friend" (photo courtesy of Lyric Arts)
Even though She Loves Me takes place as summer turns to fall turns to winter, it feels appropriate for spring. New beginnings, hopeful longing, and happiness just around the corner. She Loves Me officially opens tonight, and plays Thursdays through Sundays until April 15.