This new play follows a young scientist upon her return to her undergraduate university, where she examines how past mistakes can resonate far into the future. Former actress and current particle physicist Samantha Braithwaite has been asked to be a keynote speaker at an alma mater fundraiser, only to encounter ghosts from her past. Not only is her ex-boyfriend on the scene, but she encounters her former physics professor and his ambitious wife, who are determined to convince her to become a permanent fixture at the university. So instead of joining the cocktail reception, Samantha visits the theater where she used to perform to contemplate her life, love and potential second chances.
Presented by On the Spot Theatre Ensemble
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Symmetry Breaking Review Round-Up
NewCity Chicago - Not Recommended
"... Compacting this confusion are bizarre structural choices, most evident among them is the choice to have Samantha’s and Brady’s past selves acting out their college experience simultaneously with their present selves. Thrown in is what can only be assumed to be an even younger version of Samantha as she is first becoming enthralled by the universe as a whole, a gratuitous addition. The acting as a whole is fully up to the task and depth of the emotions present, but is sadly drowned in an ocean of elements designed to artificially up the dramatic ante and will only reach the most patient of playgoers."
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Centerstage - Not Recommended
"... Some plays hurt because they lay bare sad, uncomfortable truths of our existence in a bracing, uncompromising manner. Other plays hurt because you’re so painfully embarrassed for everyone on stage that you are desperate for it to end as soon as possible. Unfortunately, Mike Brayndick’s Symmetry Breaking is one of the latter."
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