The play takes place in a Columbia University science lab in January of 1968. Ecologist Kat is upset when theoretical physicist Henry is assigned her lab, and they have to share. Henry performs "thought experiments," Kat grows plants, a perfect metaphor for their personalities. Kat wants to save the planet from climate change (yes, we knew about it in 1968, if only we had listened to the Kats of the world), listens to this new band called the Velvet Underground, and participates in protests against the Vietnam War and against the University's involvement in research that contributes to it. Henry can't be bothered with what's happening on earth, a very interesting yet insignificant part of the universe, and is more concerned with what's happening in space. Through a lot of debate, discussion, and bickering, as well as some personal crises for both of them (she has a brother fighting in Vietnam, he's bound to be drafted if he fails out of another school), they grow up a little, and their worlds expand because of each other.
This two-hander is very well cast with two actors who fully inhabit their characters and have a believable connection. Luke Harger (who looks like he stepped right out of a 1968 yearbook) is adorably awkward as Henry, but also shows us there's more beneath the nerdy veneer. Stanzi D. Schalter is strong and tough as Kat, but also portrays her vulnerable side. An interesting feature of the play is that we get to hear letters each writes to their best friend (Kat - her brother; Henry - the universe, so adorkable!), which gives us a deeper insight into the characters.
|Kat and Henry (Stanzi D. Schalter and Luke Harger)|
(photo by Kaitlin Randolph)
You have four more chances to catch the Revolution at the Crane Theater in Northeast Minneapolis this weekend. If you like two-person talky plays about science and politics in 1968 with great music, like I do, this one's for you. Click here for more info and to purchase $14-20 tickets.