Theatre

Mesa

When: Feb. 16-March 6 2010

You might think a play with a 93-year-old man as a central character would naturally be all about dying, but you’d be wrong. Yes, playwright Doug Curtis touches on death and loss, but the overriding message of this piece is to seize life and live it to its fullest.  What makes it really interesting is that Paul (Rhys Bevan-John), the young protagonist, is the one that’s having trouble living life. It’s as if he’s searching for meaning in all the wrong places. The elderly Bud (Lee J. Campbell) has made compromises through the years, but has learned to find pleasure in simple pursuits and in friendships. Bud’s philosophy gradually rubs off on Paul during a tense and funny five-day car trip to Mesa, Arizona, and I wager some of it will rub off on you, too. –Kate Watson

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