The Unexpected Man

There are no intermissions, no entrances or exits, director Seth Gordon promises. For 75 minutes in this one-act play, the audience at Stages Repertory Theatre will watch as actors James Belcher and Sally Edmundson, playing characters at critical junctures in their lives, meet in the forced intimacy of strangers during a train ride from Paris to Frankfurt.

Belcher, a member of the Alley Theatre company who occasionally takes on roles at Stages (A Picasso), plays a famous writer suffering a crisis of conscience about his work in The Unexpected Man, by French playwright Yasmina Reza (Art, God of Carnage). Edmundsen (seen in the title role of Mame at Stages) plays “a woman who has pretty much lived within the confines of my own and maybe society’s expectations,” she says. As it turns out, she’s also one of his biggest fans and has his latest book in her purse. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Through May 13. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway. For information, call 713‑527-0123 or visit
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: April 18. Continues through May 13, 2012


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