“I will say that meeting him was like walking out of a dark wood[…] it was like emerging from the cold into the sun…”
A Bed & Breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, decked out for the holidays. An eccentric innkeeper with a penchant for miniatures, doilies and dolls. A young couple struggling to reconnect. A sublimely odd, yet somehow familiar, cast of characters. But who’s John? Subtle and moving, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker uses her trademark humor to unspool a delicate, richly-detailed story that urges us to seek meaning in the quotidian and the mysterious.
How exactly does one decide to bring a child into this world – with the oceans, and the climate, and the, you know, everything else? Surely the kid’s Eiffel Tower-sized carbon footprint is reason enough not to. But what if baby grows up to solve the world’s problems? Then again, what if baby grows up to be a mass murderer? Or what if…? And what if…? If…? What begins as an odd question for a couple in line at Ikea soon becomes much more as they grapple with existence itself as a moral question, in Duncan Macmillan’s timely and startlingly funny Lungs.
Take everything you know about the modern woman and write it down. Next tear the paper up and throw it away. Now set the trash can on fire and douse it with kerosene. You’d better buckle up because tradition and language, relationships and rules are set ablaze in Alice Birch’s firebomb of a play. A comedy, a manifesto, an out of control pep rally, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. blasts through the status quo and rockets to the edge of possibility.
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