Comedy and drama are melded beautifully in the Sidewalk Studio Theatre’s production of “Beaten Hearts,” seven sharply written and hilarious plays about love and those who find themselves consumed by it.
Co-written by the Australian born writer-actor Christina Costigan, the play was brought to Los Angeles after an immensely successful run in Melbourne in 2009. People loved it there, and the show was a consistent sell-out. It’s always a question of whether a foreign import will translate well with Americans, but I’m sure Costigan was never worried. “Beaten Hearts” speaks to the universal language of love, something we can all relate to.
The play has an unlikely quirkiness that is immediately evident. As the lights dim, the theme song of “Mission Impossible” plays over the loudspeakers, as a couple of spies in overcoats canvass the stage. Their significance is unknown but eventually they make room for a young couple in the throes of passion. No words are spoken as they undress at a frantic rate before making their way to the bedroom and presumably finish what they set out to do.