GROUP: Round Table Theatre Company
ATTENDED: Sept. 8, 9 p.m., Caplan Studio Theater at UArts
CLOSES: Sept. 14
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: “Elliot creates a computer algorithm to help Molly with her molecular biology research, and the variables in their evolving relationship shift as rapidly as the terms of their experiment. Don’t miss the Philadelphia premiere of this incredibly seductive and ridiculously smart new comedy by Itamar Moses.”
WE THINK: "Even if the answer is right there in front of you it means nothing if you can't explain how you reached it." So says Molly, a grad student who's trying to find the answer to science problem, with the help of Elliot, a computer science geek who creates an algorithm to help her out. They're like-minded individuals, deeply concerned with the intricacies of random mutations and data interpretations, who happen to fall for one another. These two can talk a blue streak about the minutia of their academic pursuits, yet get stuck trying to understand and explain how they really feel about one another. It doesn't help that they're both commitment-phobes with issues about intimacy.
The question of will they or won't they make it as a couple is cleverly insinuated by much arcane dialogue about how molecules and algorithms behave. These dense and verbose conversations go deep into the science weeds. This could get tiresome, but for all the fun to be had by drawing analogies between all the knotty science stuff and how it relates to Molly and Elliot's imperiled romance. Still, the script can benefit from editorial discretion. The super talky gambit grows repetitive and increasingly obvious in its intent. A few nips and tucks would do wonders for the text, and regardless, the cast is solid all around.
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