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Why does a woman with a loving husband and two kids suddenly find herself unbearably anxious, unable to sleep, and her only comfort an old poster of Robert Redford?
I track my evolution from a rootless girl to a teenager surrounded by predatory, abusive men, to a reckless woman on the hunt for perfect love with every dangerous man I encounter.
What people are saying about
"I was completely immersed!!"
"Wonderful writing and beautifully performed. When you screamed 'Mom,' I froze!"
"I loved the shifts between young you, adolescent you, and grown up you."
"Very powerful. And so honest. Really amazing!"
"You knocked me flat and lifted me back up!!!"
"Perfect Love is fabulous. So witty and raw and poignant !"
"Linda’s solo show is courageous, honest, raw, and full of heart."
"This piece was brilliantly conceived and portrayed. honest, insightful, humorous, compelling, poignant, riveting. Every moment was completely real and raw."
"Linda Manning’s Perfect Love is seamlessly told and beautifully performed. The truth laid bare without a single false moment. A triumph of the human spirit and a riveting night of theatre. My only regret is that we didn’t do more shows because we sold out every night and could have sold many more."
Don Creedon - Artistic Director of Poor Mouth Theatre Company
"This world is full with brave and honest performances, but not quite like this, It was the sheer force of her work, her truth-telling, her deep dive into the known, and not knowing how she might resurface that made us feel all the things we needed to feel." WIN - Writers Innovative Network
"Nothing is off limits here as she explores love, lust, desire, betrayal, and brutality. She relishes in the telling of her tale. Her words are courageous and her performance is revelatory and joyous to watch."
Linda grew up in Colorado, moved to the east coast to study theater in her 20's and got a Master's from Trinity Rep Conservatory.
Linda has appeared on stage in New York and regionally, and in independent films. Her plays have been produced in New York City and published by Smith and Kraus.
Two of her short screenplays have also been produced.
Linda lives in the Bronx with her husband and two daughters.