True Love Lies

Brad Fraser vs. theatrical boundaries

Theater LaB, a company known for its on-the-edge comedies and dramas about the struggles of contemporary life, is tackling Brad Fraser's True Love Lies. The show examines what happens to a middle-aged married couple when the husband's ex-lover comes back into their lives - an ex-lover named David. According to director Jimmy Phillips, True Love Lies is a "dark comedy. Fraser is asking, where do people draw the line? What will people accept and what will true love survive?" Fans of Fraser's work will recognize David. According to Phillips, "This character has been in many of Fraser's other plays. It's a character who has evolved. He's kind of an alter ego of Fraser himself. He's always coming into other people's lives and taking the straight men away from the women. It seems to be a reoccurring theme. He creates a fantasy world where gay and straights intermingle and the gay man comes out on top. He has a superhero figure that's very attractive and very successful, and he comes into the lives of these people who have co-existed for 20 years and wreaks havoc on their lives, unintentionally," he says, adding, "It could be that the havoc is self-generated." Phillips promises that the show "will leave the audience with lots of questions." See if you have any of the answers at today's 8 p.m. opening-night performance. Regular performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 5 p.m. March 5. Through March 13. 1706 Alamo. For information, call 713-868-7516 or visit www.theaterlabhouston.com. $22 to $27.
Wed., Feb. 10; Fridays, Saturdays; Sun., March 7. Starts: Feb. 10. Continues through March 13, 2010
 
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