By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – Love, hate, it’s all the same thing – right?
TCT Off Broadway will explore that with a variety show, “I Love(Hate) You,” tonight.
“We’ll sing a variety of love songs. We’re gonna cover the gamut, from infatuation to stalking,” said singer and actress Suzanne Oakley, who’s starring in the production. “There’ll be something for everyone, no matter their relationship status.”
She’ll be joined by singers Morgan Ricks, Meg Dennis, Lisa Martin, Chris Hussey, Clark Richey, Amanda Summers and Margaret McGrath, and actors Todd Barnett, Mallory Davidson, Judd Wilson and Martha Ann Wilson.
Carean Dendy will accompany the singers on piano.
The actors will perform scenes from “Crushed,” a “hilarious and wild look at the pitfalls of having a crush,” said TCT Off Broadway director Tom Booth.
TCT actors saw the play at a theater competition a few weeks ago and decided to include it.
“We thought it was really funny,” Oakley said. “It’s like ‘Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.’ It’s that kind of look at how women approach dating versus how men approach dating. It’s really cute.”
The evening includes a cash bar and heavy hor d’oeuvres, and will have a laid-back atmosphere, Oakley said.
“We will have a very homey environment,” she said. “It’s so cozy and intimate. You really feel like you’re a part of what’s going on on stage. It’s unique and a whole new way to experience theater.”
• What: TCT Off Broadway presents “I Love(Hate) You”
• When: 7:30 p.m. tonight
• Where: TCT Off Broadway, 213 East Franklin St., Tupelo
• Cost: $25, includes heavy hor d’oeuvres and cash bar
• Info: (662) 844-1935
• “I Love(Hate) You” cast: Meg Dennis, Chris Hussey, Lisa Martin, Margaret McGrath, Suzanne Oakley, Clark Richey, Morgan Ricks, Amanda Summers, Martha Ann Wilson, Judd Wilson, Mallory Davidson, Todd Barnett, accompanied by Carean Dendy