We meet. We talk. We exchange information ranging from the mundane to the catastrophic. It takes minutes, no more. And then we do something else.
Abandoning the normal narrative story structure, playwright Caryl Churchill instead re-created these familiar life patterns in a 57-part series of vignettes in Love and Information, about to make its regional debut at Houston’s Main Street Theater. Houston director and actor Philip Hays directs, and says taking on this task was like solving a puzzle.
“We meet these pairs of people. We see them connect to each other. Their relationships are all varied. We see something happen to them and then we move on.” The play puts equal emphasis on both love and information, and Hays says the work doesn’t see one as being better than the other, uplifting the concept of both as generally good, “although the audience may disagree. It’s a 21st-century way of relating to things.”
The 13 cast members each take on several roles in the one-act, 90-minute production.
Performances are scheduled for February 13 through March 5 at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at Main Street Theater – Rice Village. 2540 Times Boulevard. For more information, visit mainstreettheater.com or call 713-524-6706. $36-$39.
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