Reviews: Critics Weigh In On New Play Love + Science at New York City Center | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: Critics Weigh In On New Play Love + Science at New York City Center

Set in the 1980s during the HIV/AIDS crisis, two gay medical students grapple with love and responsibility.

Jonathan Burke and Matt Walker Jeremy Varner

Critics are sharing their thoughts on the premiere of Love + Science, which opened its premiere Off-Broadway at New York City Center Stage II June 4. Set during the 1980s HIV/AIDS crisis, the new work by playwright and scientist David J. Glass began May 26 for a run through July 6.

Jonathan Burke (The Inheritance) and Lucille Lortel nominee Matt Walker (The Play That Goes Wrong) play two gay medical students who form a connection while working in the same retrovirology lab. But then the HIV/AIDS epidemic erupts and they suddenly find themselves on different paths and their relationship upended. Questions are raised about their values as scientists and doctors and their responsibilities as gay men as they try to love and hope while facing a crisis and the realities of scientific progress.

Read the reviews here.

The New York Times (Naveen Kumar)*

Talkin' Broadway (Marc Miller)

*This review may require creating a free account or a paid subscription.

Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

The company also features ensemble members and Broadway alums Thursday Farrar (Aida), Ryan Knowles (The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical), Tally Sessions ( Anastasia), Imani Pearl Williams (1776), and Netflix film star Adrian Greensmith (Metal Lords).

Allen MacLeod directs, leading creative team members scenic designer Zoë Hurwitz, costume designer Camilla Dely, lighting designer Reza Behjat, original music and sound designer Jane Shaw, and intimacy and movement director Dave Anzuelo.

“The panic at the beginning of the COVID pandemic felt eerily similar to the beginnings of the HIV/AIDS epidemic,” said Glass in a statement. “This led me to return to playwriting after decades working in medical research. Love + Science is my attempt to shed more light on a tumultuous moment in New York history that is being forgotten.”

The play is inspired by Glass’ time at New York Medical College where he took care of HIV patients as a medical student. He also conducted postdoctoral research on cancer at Columbia University in a lab focused on HIV and other emerging infectious diseases.



Blocking belongs
on the stage,
not on websites.

Our website is made possible by
displaying online advertisements to our visitors.

Please consider supporting us by
whitelisting with your ad blocker.
Thank you!