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‘The Love List’ a comedy by Theatre 40’s favorite playwright Norm Foster

Jeff Combs, Jennifer Laks and Martin Thompson.
Jeff Combs, Jennifer Laks and Martin Thompson.
Ed Krieger

“The Love List” a comedy written by Theatre 40s favorite playwright, Norm Foster opens 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014. Directed by Howard Storm and produced by David Hunt Stafford for Theatre 40, the show stars Jennifer Laks, Martin Thompson and Craig Barnett.

It’s springtime, which means that Theatre 40 presents a comedy by Canadian writer Foster. Renowned within his own country, his works have proven very popular with Theatre 40 audiences, including “Opening Night” and “The Long Weekend.” Thirty-nine of Mr. Foster’s play have been published.

In “The Love List,” Leon gives his lonely pal Bill a form that he has acquired from a Gypsy woman. Bill is invited to fill in a list, cataloging ten qualities that he would want to find in the ideal woman. Miraculously, his perfect love, Justine, is quickly manifested. At first, Bill is delighted. Justine is beautiful, loving and sexy. Gradually, Bill realizes that Justine isn’t exactly what he expected. She is at first compliant with his every desire. Then, Bill discovers that Justine, of course, has a mind of her own.

“The Love List” debuted in Canada in 2003.

“The Love List” performs in rep with “Educating Rita” through June 20. An Opening Weekend Gala performance on Friday, May 30 is by invitation. Admission is $24 weeknights; $26 Saturdays and Sundays. Call 310-364-0535 or visit

Theatre 40, in the Reuben Cordoba Theatre, is located at 241 S. Moreno Dr. in Beverly Hills. Ample free parking is available beneath the theater. The venue is on the campus of Beverly Hills High School. Theatre 40 is a professional company.

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