Speakupwny.com
Buffalo News, Forums and Opinions
Live Forums and Blogs | Onlinebuffalo.com | Erie County | City of Buffalo 

Last Updated: Mar 25th, 2022 - 15:02:39 

Speakupwny.com 
Development
Editorials
Education
WNY News
Government Waste
Labor & Management
Letters to the Editor
Local Opinions
Local WNY Websites
New Government Structure
Politics
Preservation
Press Releases
Taxes and Fees
WNY Health
WNY Business
Reviews
Buffalo Sports
Insiders Corner



Reviews

CONSTELLATIONS Shea's Smith Theater/Second Generation Theatre
By
Mar 25, 2022, 14:58
Email this article
 Printer friendly page
Through March 26
CONSTELLATIONS Shea’s Smith Theatre/Second Generation Theatre

Parallel and alternative universes are a routine trope of science fiction.
Just watch enough episodes of the various iterations of “Star Trek.”
Nick Payne’s “Constellations” is different, although Marianne (Kristin Bentley) is a cosmologist at Cambridge.
They are in Britain’s class conscious society, an interesting mix since Roland (Chris Avery) is a beekeeper.
The show is a long series of quick and short scenes between Marianne and Roland.
Over time, you get a sense of what’s going on in these different universes, although Worf never shows.
These are two obsessed people, she’s obsessed with the numbers in the stars and he’s obsessed with the intricacies of the world of bees.
Neither seems a person you want to be stuck with in a cocktail party.
They match and split and it’s not always clear which timeline you are in.
Director Michael Wachowiak chose not to revert to the usual techniques of changing backdrops or changing costumes to show the differences.
At the same time, we never learn if this is Roland and Marianne 1 or Roland and Marianne 8, leaving some dangling and confusing plot lines.
Using a science fictiony sound device (Think “Law & Order.”) is the way we learn of a change in sequences.
Gradually, we learn Marianne’s growing problems with manipulating data are a sign of one of the most lethal cancers, glioblastoma.
That’s basically not curable, even in the world of science fiction.
They go through the ritual dance of the oncologists, hearing that awful news of Stage Four, a medical way of saying: Get your will up to-date.
“Constellations” is a fascinating variant of the dramatic plot line of opposites attracting, this match of a beekeeper and a cosmologist.
Because of that, we learn a lot about bees and cosmology and the idea that someone can earn a living with bees.
This isn’t a long play but it’s interesting.
Bentley and Avery are very strong.
“Constellations” is more apropos in these times of life and death than many romances while sticking to the old story of falling in love.
It is worth seeing.

A.W.

© Copyright 2022 - Speakupwny.com
hosted by Online Media, Inc
Buffalo Web Design and Web Hosting

Top of Page

Buffalo Theatre District
Reviews
Latest Headlines
DAMN YANKEES Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons/O'Connell & Company
LITTLE WOMEN...NOW Road Less Traveled Poductions/RLTP Theatre
THE OTHER JOSH COHEN Daemen College/MusicalFare Theatre
CYRANO DE BERGERAC Royal George Theatre/Shaw Festival
BERSERKER Alleyway Theatre
STAGE KISS Andrews Theatre/Irish Classical Theatre Company
WORKING: The Musical Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons/'Connell & Company
CONSTELLATIONS Shea's Smith Theater/Second Generation Theatre
THE CHILDREN The New Phoenix Theatre/Red Thread Theatre
FALL FROM THE GRACE OF GOD American Repertory Theater of WNY. Compass Performing Afts Center
MACBETH Warren Enters Theatre/Casting Hall/BSUC Theater Department Tn
TRIBES Road Less Traveled Productions/RLTP Theater
PRIDE & PREJUDICE Kavinoky Theatre
AMERICAN RHAPSODY MusicalFare Theatre/Daemen College
BUFFALO QUICKIES 2022 Alleyway Theatre



Buffalo Web hosting and Buffalo Web Design By OnLineMedia, Inc
www.olm1.com

Part of
www.onlinebuffalo.com