Strangers on a train: The Unexpected Man
A man and a woman ride a train from Paris to Frankfurt. He is a famous writer, and she is a fan of his work — in fact, she has his latest novel in her bag. She spends most of the trip fantasizing about a conversation between them while he ruminates on the stresses of his life and the world, and it becomes clear that he is not as understanding and observant of humanity as he might believe himself to be. A slim but emotional play, with interior monologue replacing dialogue as the driving engine, The Unexpected Man was written by Yasmina Reza, who is known for her play about the meaning of friendship, Art. The Unexpected Man, presented by Theaterwork, stars company members Catherine Donavon and Dan Friedman. David Matthew Olson directs. The play, at the Lannan Foundation Meeting House (319 Read St.), opens at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 24. Additional performances are at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 26. Tickets, $15, are available at the door; for reservations call 505-471-1799. — J.L.