Strangers on a train: The Un­ex­pected Man

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

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.

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