A fast-moving flow of vignettes!
By Carol Edger Germain
Written by Caryl Churchill and directed by Emily Chase, “Love and Information” by Antaeus Theatre Company is presented by eight actors (John Apicella, Anne Gee Byrd, Darius De La Cruz, Kwana Martinez, Kevin Matsumoto, Erin Pineda, Lloyd Roberson II, and Zoe Yale) who play dozens of characters. The fast-moving flow of vignettes is enhanced by film and projections flashing through the simple set.
An ornate sofa sits in the middle of the stage. The scenes flow quickly around and upon the sofa, with characters moving briefly in and out, bombarding us (in a good way) with verbal and physical interactions that stop short and allow the minds of the audience to absorb, expand, and reflect upon the information presented as it relates to their own lives. The best way to experience this presentation, quoting Aretha Franklin, is to “let your mind go, let yourself be free…go way on, way back when…” The popular terms of the ’60’s, “trippy” and “mind-blowing,” repeatedly come to mind, although in quite an exaggerated manner, considering the enhanced opportunities presented in the digital age to communicate, reflect, document, and reconsider experiences and memories.
The situations explored by the dozens of characters in the play evoked dozens of reactions, reflections, and memories. The theme of “love” flows evenly and subtly through the situations and interactions created based on “information” received and interpreted by the various characters. Many of the scenes and situations were comedic, which providing nice jolts to the flow of thoughts triggered by deep situations. As in real life, recollections and interpretations thereof are experienced and recalled differently by participants in the same events and exchanges of information. Quite a thought-provoking afternoon. I have enjoyed recollecting memories triggered by the situations presented, to the point that I will likely see the play again.
Antaeus Theatre Company Kiki and David Gindler Performing Arts Theater 110 E. Broadway, Glendale Tickets: ci.ovationtix.com/35088/production/1140649
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