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Leah reviews 'Love and Information'

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PHOTO BY JOSH SAUNDERS
  • PHOTO BY JOSH SAUNDERS
The first thing to understand about playwright Caryl Churchill’s 2012 work “Love and Information” is that there is no linear plotline. Instead, the short play is comprised of more than 60 mini-plots, some as short as one word, sound or sentence.

Local St. John Fisher College professor and Theater Apparatus company founder Jeremy Sarachan produces and directs the show — his third annual at Fringe — with an ensemble cast of six, all of whom play more than 10 characters throughout the 60-minute run.

The opening performance on Thursday, September 13 was nearly sold out — it’s in School of the Arts’s black box theater, a venue that easily holds 75 patrons — and attendees continued to arrive long after the 6 p.m. start time, due to either a slow moving box office out front (another good reason to get those tickets online ahead of time) or rush hour traffic.

The production’s quickly paced dialogue and lofty concepts sometimes race ahead of the cast’s abilities, but particularly impressive is the (seemingly) youngest cast member, Maddy Feldman, who performs with clear motivations and palpable emotion.

Sarachan’s interest in the subject matter of “Love and Information” aligns with his day job as chair of the media and communication department at SJFC. The script is filled with heady, existential commentary on love, lust, lies, data — and how humans process those concepts.

Love and Information” will be performed again on Friday, September 21 at School of the Arts: Black Box Theatre. 5 p.m. $10. Appropriate for ages 13 and older.


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