In 19th century Italy, a young soldier becomes shattered by the obsessive love of Fosca, his Colonel's homely, ailing cousin.

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Fosca
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Giorgio
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Clara
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Colonel Ricci
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Dr. Tambourri
Linda Balgord ...
Fosca's Mother
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Major Rizzolli
William Parry
Christopher Peccaro
Francis Ruivivar
John Antony
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(as Colleen Fitzpatrick)
Marcus Olson
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Giorgio, a young soldier, is in love with the married Clara and becomes her lover. But they are separated when Giorgio is posted far away where he meets the unhappy unhealthy Fosca who develops a passionate love for Giorgio and tries to make him love her. Film of the Broadway production. Written by Kathy Li

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Jere Shea was nominated for the 1994 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Musical for "Passion" and recreated his role in this production. See more »

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Giorgio: Die for me? What kind of love is that?
Fosca: The truest love. Would Clara give her life for yours? Would she, Giorgio? I would. Happily. In the end, you will finally see what is beautiful about me.
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Remake of Passion of Love (1981) See more »

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Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Jere Shea and Donna Murphy
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Sondheim's Worst
18 September 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I'm going to go against the grain here. Now, I really love the work of Stephen Sondheim. Since my first experience with Sweeney Todd, his art has continued to surprise me. However, this play was possible his worst and I can see why it failed to find popular audience.

In my opinion, this play sent out a terrible message to the audience. From personal experience, I realize how dangerous obsessive love can be. There is nothing romantic or passionate about obsession and the behavior Fosca presents. The entire romance is just plain frightening and creepy. Fosca would have been more sympathetic if she had suffered from unrequited love alone rather than obsession.

Marin Mazzie (Clara) gives the strongest performance in this, and is the only thing I enjoyed about the play. Some of the music is nice, but definitely not Sondheim's best. The sets and costumes are rather boring as well. If you're looking from some good old Sondheim than I would suggest watching Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, West Side Story, and Sunday in the Park with George. The music, appeal, and overall production is so much greater in those plays.


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