When Stephen Sondheim and George Furth dreamed up their Tony Award--winning musical Company back in 1971, the institutions of marriage and relationships were shifting along with the sexual revolution. As it turns out, that conversation is still going on today, and with a few tweaks the musical has been updated for a modern audience.
The play shows married life through the lens of perpetual bachelor Robert and his married friends. The plot includes a seemingly perfect marriage ending in divorce, a bride with cold feet at her wedding and Robert getting it on with partners, some dumb and others marriage material. The play has a nonlinear setup (the scenes dont occur in any particular chronological order) and songs that show characters internal dialogue instead of furthering the plot.
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Company is a mix of humor and introspection about what companionship is all about, with each vignette adding another piece to the whole conversation. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Fridays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Through August 16. East-End Theatre Company, 2001 Post Office Street in Galveston. For tickets and information, call 888-273-3556 or visit www.islandetc.org. $20 to $25.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Starts: July 18. Continues through Aug. 16, 2008