by Charles Mee
directed by Michelle Milne
The Goshen College Theater Department’s Think For Yourself season continues with an engaging play that brings together the heart, mind and soul. Big Love, written by Charles Mee and directed by Michelle Milne, is a whimsical, contemporary take on an ancient Greek play that includes romance, refugees, and revenge.
Fifty sisters seek asylum from a contract made by their father when they were infants, who promised them in marriage to their fifty cousins. The women point out that they weren’t consulted when the contract was made; the men claim that a contract is a contract. A wide range of opinions are put forth, and pleas are made by both sides to their Italian hosts.
The play is both fast-moving and thought-provoking. It incorporates humor, absurdity, extreme physicality, stereotypes, opposing ideologies, violence, and intimacy. Big Love raises questions about responsibility to others, responsibility to ourselves, and obligations to tradition/authority. Love wins out in the end, but it comes at a tragic price, and it reminds us that true love ultimately is chosen, each person for her or himself.
Performance dates and times were as follows:
Fri, Oct. 30 at 8:00 p.m.
Sat, Oct. 31 at 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 1 at 3:00 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 7 at 3:00 p.m. (note: matinee)
Sun, Nov. 8 at 3:00 p.m.
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