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Love and Information
Trap Door Theatre

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Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended

"...By employing a crazy-quilt approach to storytelling, Churchill ably evokes the mediated existence most of us are currently drowning in. It's a place where context is removed, meaning is only fleetingly visible, and distraction passes for hope. If the purpose of art is to point a mirror at its audience, this is one piece of looking glass that could lead to utter despair. But it's also very hard to look away from. It's a kind of 1984 for 2019."
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Dmitry Samarov



Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended

"...How different a person would you be if there was just a slight change in what you thought was real? It’s a question that only becomes more pressing as artificial intelligence advances and opaque algorithms dominate how we perceive the world and communicate with others. In 2012, British titan of the theatre Caryl Churchill examined that theme in a vast but succinct series of vignettes called Love and Information."
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Jacob Davis



Chicago Theatre Review- Somewhat Recommended

"...A hidden trap in any drama is that the water level in a dam has to rise before it overflows; it can't just be constantly overflowing. A burst of emotion is only cathartic when we get to see the swelling and suppression leading up to it. Without the struggle to remain calm, the calamity is just exhausting instead exhilarating. If the production seeks to leave the audience members with the symptom of media overload (a bloated feeling with a sour stomach from too much bad coffee, and a headache from a stiff neck resulting from too much time looking at a screen), then they certainly provide that. But if they sought to also inspire hope for a cure, then they forgot to suggest how we could more healthily incorporate media/technology/information into our lives."
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Sophie Vitello



Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended

"...It is like a tightly scripted improv show, packed with familiar personalities, some of them offbeat, playing roles that could share the stage in Lily Tomlin’s “Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe.” McKean’s accomplishment becomes clearer when you realize Love and Information brings us more than 100 sometimes loosely identified characters, mostly appearing as couples or trios, in a series of short scenes that end in blackouts."
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Bill Esler



Third Coast Review- Recommended

"...Trap Door Theatre’s production of Love and Information, Caryl Churchill’s 2012 play, is more performance art than theater. But Kim McKean’s direction makes this production sizzle with energy. The nine versatile actors who perform do justice to Churchill’s homage to love, knowledge, angst, and communications failures. And yes, technology."
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Nancy Bishop



Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

"...If you love more traditional narrative scripts that move from A-Z to tell a story this is not your show. If you can live with—or better, love—a script that insists strongly on being open to interpretations this would be a top pick. And, if you especially treasure the marvel of theater creativity this is not-to-be-missed."
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Amy Munice