Opera House Cinema series to present ‘A Love Song’

Veteran actors Dale Dickey and Wes Studi star in “A Love Song.”

The next film in the Cinema Series at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center is the affectingly humanistic “A Love Song.” It will be screened Saturday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Providing a brilliant (and too-rare) showcase for veteran actors Dale Dickey and Wes Studi, “A Love Song” tells a small, stirring tale with quiet grace. Faye (Dickey) is a lone traveler biding her time fishing, birding and stargazing at a rural Colorado campground as she awaits the arrival of Lito (Studi), a figure from her past who is navigating his own tentative and nomadic journey across the rugged West. Like the country music that has traditionally channeled the heartbreak and resilience of Americans in search of themselves and others, “A Love Song” weaves a lyrical and ultimately joyful refrain out of the transformative act of being along – and reminds us that love can nourish and mystify at any age.

Kristen Page-Kirbey, in the Washington Post, calls the film “the cinematic equivalent of a deep breath and a cool drink.” Randy Myers, in The San Jose Mercury News, calls it “a film of grace and beauty, and deserves to give Dickey awards recognition.” Glenn Kenney, on RogerEbert.com, calls it “well-photographed, unobtrusively edited, full of wondrous sights, and acted by a couple of masters of warm underplaying.” Rated PG for mild thematic elements, “A Love Song” runs one hour, 21 minutes.

Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 716-679-1891. The Opera House

Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. In addition, Opera House programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

The Opera House is equipped with individualized closed captioning eyeglasses for the deaf as well as with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center with a mission to “present the performing arts for the benefit of our community and region … providing access to artistic diversity … and high quality programming at an affordable price.” It is located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.


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