Love Happens

a romantic comedy
by Rich Orloff

Cast: 2 M, 2 W

“Rich Orloff’s crowd-pleaser”
– The New York Times

“A fresh, often delightful and surprisingly thoughtful comedy about the difficulties of romance.”
– The Charlotte Observer

“The dialogue is witty and wonderful, and the laughs start early and never end.”
– New Jersey Suburbanite

“A simple love story manages to convey the collected experiences of a whole generation, indeed multiple generations.  And it does so in a way that is fresh, funny and compelling.  Rich Orloff has filled this story with brilliant one-liners that depict contemporary attitudes with wit and wisdom.”
– The Asheville Citizen-Times

“Sterling writing by Orloff. Some wise lessons on love and relationships, and a load of laughs.”
– Muncie Star Press, Indiana

“An enjoyable, occasionally enlightening ride, with plenty of laugh lines”
– Wilmington Star-News

“Effective writing; the characters come with wisdom and depth through hefty doses of realism and comedy.”
– Encore Wilmington

LOVE HAPPENS follows a year in the lives of two couples, one beginning and one approaching their fiftieth anniversary.  As the younger couple progresses from meeting and dating to the challenges of living together and commitment, they get advice and testimony from the older couple, who develop problems of their own when they’re influenced by the younger pair.


  • Winner – Topeka Civic Theater New Play Contest, KS
  • Winner – Playwrights First Plays-in-Process Award, NYC
  • Winner – Festival of Firsts, Carmel CA

production history

Flat Rock Playhouse, North Carolina  (premiere)
American Stage Company, New Jersey
Golden Bough Playhouse, Carmel CA
Heartlande Theatre Company, Indiana
Lakewood Theatre, Maine
TheatreNOW, Wilmington NC

read an excerpt