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Constellations

by Clinton Campbell
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday Sep 13, 2017
Nael Nacer and Marianna Bassham in "Constellations."
Nael Nacer and Marianna Bassham in "Constellations."  

The first must-see show of the 2017-18 season is Underground Railway Theater's astonishing production of Nick Payne's "Constellations."

Visually stunning and impeccably acted, it is hard to find anything to dislike about this show.

Payne's melodic script takes a simple boy meets girl story -- blends in theoretical physics and beekeeping -- and still manages to be accessible, relatable, and immensely human.

Through the repetition of scenes, we are introduced to the myriad possibilities of outcomes to each and every interaction in the relationship of the two characters -- Marianne and Roland. The vastness of choices that we all have at every moment in life becomes clear. Laughter and tears become two sides of the same coin.

Marianna Bassham as Marianne and Nael Nacer as Roland give virtuosic performances, repeating both lines as well as entire scenes in ever so subtle yet distinct variations. They jump back and forth in time, location, and relationship dynamics in the blink of an eye and with the ease of true masters. Each mines the full array of human emotion through the swift 75 minutes of the show.

But it's not just that acting that is first rate -- director Scott Edmiston has made sure that every element is elevated to its very best. This includes Susan Zeeman Rogers' sparse yet beautiful set, the incredible lighting design of Jeff Adelberg, Charles Schoonmaker's simple yet elegant costumes, and Dewey Dellay's lovely sound design and compositions.

In the end, it is simply a stunning production on every level that Boston audiences should not miss.

"Constellations" continues through October 8 at the Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. For more information, visit the Central Square Theater website.

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