Saturday, March 4, 2023



Caryl Churchill's "Love and Information" written  when she was 74 in 2012 goes up at Antaeus  with a flourish.  

It couldn't be more simple. 

It couldn't be more complex.  

Eight actors. 

Dozens of characters. Dozens of scenes. Flowing.

To call Churchill's work flourishing may be a stretch, but this challenging theatre piece is, at once: painting in broad strokes,  allowing the audience to absorb the 'information' and then, in intimate moments, finding the 'love'. .

Certainly, it's a workout for  the cast and for the audience. Director Emily Chase creates a head swiveling event that literally has us involved. 

It's a sort of tennis  match.  In presentation.

Churchill has constructed what may be perceived as an amorphous ramble stream of consciousness exercise to jolt us from our often complacent seat of a comfortable linear narrative, projecting us into the realm of "what if?".    Like a dream, we sometimes see a clear and present  story. Quick changes: not always quite so clear.

We enter the theater passing an Invitaton printed on the Open Door:  


At rise, the ensemble presents itself:   

Eight Actors.  

And, then the "Exploration" begins.

This ensemble  of working theatremakers invites us to take a leap of faith. They physically and vocally transport  us..  and at the end of the performance, deliver us back into the 'real world' having had what might be called a Collective Dream. 


Love and Information :  The Ensemble Photo:Jenny Graham

The best way to appreciate this unusual play is to sit back and allow it wash over us. We're invited  into intimate discussions, odd arguments and bizarre ideas.  Boundaries of sexual orientation and age ebb and flow. Churchill allows for broad interpretations. Every single scene played with different actors and different approaches would be equally inviting. 

Frederica Nascimento's simple set: an ornate divan sits center on the top of three broad  levels. 

There are some doors: surfaces for John Apicella's wonderful videos to punctuate the space with color and 21st Century technology.  

However, I really enjoyed the "I don't play guitar" scene with Kevin Matsumoto and Apicella on the banjolele. Acoustic,analog, fun. 

Kevin Matsumoto, Zoe Yale, John Apicella
Photo by Jenny Graham

Short vignettes flow like blackouts with actors sometimes simply waiting on stage for their next scene.  Brecht.


It's a trip. 

Climb on board.  Bring a friend.

 The Ensemble:

John Apicella*

Anne Gee Byrd*

Darius De La Cruz,
Kwana Martinez* 

Kevin Matsumoto*

Erin Pineda*
Lloyd Roberson II*

Zoe Yale*


by Caryl Churchill

Directed by Emily Chase

Antaeus Theatre
Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center
110 East Broadway
Glendale, CA 91205
next to Marshalls, at Brand Blvd.


My first experience with Caryl Churchill's work was with the Antaeus production of Cloud Nine in March, 2016. Trippy theatre at its best:


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