Charles L. Members of a fractured family and their lovers arrive for supposedly private trysts, only to discover that other members of the family had the same idea. Recriminations soon escalate to enormous tantrums and extravagant displays of tacky underwear and bare bums. This living room is inextricably interwoven with the bare trees, which grow right where the divan should be, and the falling snow.
The course of the conversation is sometimes Chekhovian. The play acquires a dazzling originality in the way it assembles its effects from so many sources.
Charles L. Mee
As the amusingly well-composed Frank bounces back and forth between Edmund and Maria, Nelis works up a head of grief that passes through overstatement to the realm of the ridiculous, particularly at a second-act memorial service. The entire play is shot through with prerecorded musical selections.
The snippets of heart-on-sleeve opera that dominate the bulk of the soundtrack eventually give way to lighter, jazz-and pop-flavored numbers, reflecting the eventual evolution of the script into a surprisingly--though not entirely--happy ending. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.
Ends Sept. Running time: 2 hours, 35 minutes.
By Charles L. Directed by Les Waters.
Big Love by Charles Mee, April 15, 2017
Set by Annie Smart. Costumes by Christal Weatherly.
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Lighting by Robert Wierzel. Sound by Matthew Spiro. Movement by Jean Isaacs.
Production stage manager Steven Adler. About Us. Brand Publishing.
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