Know thyself

Two local theater companies and a national dance troupe can help you find yourself — or at least some quality entertainment.



“I think, therefore I am.” I’ve never been one to fret too much over whether or not I exist. I’ll trust Descartes. Unfortunately, a confident “I am!” begs the question: But…who am I? That’s something I’m still trying to figure out.

This search for meaning and identity can take many forms, three of which can be seen on stage this weekend at various Tulsa theaters.

The first is the Nightingale Theater’s performance of "Fuddy Meers," whose plot sounds like "50 First Dates"-meets-"Alice in Wonderland." Written by David Lindsay-Abaire, "Fuddy Meers" tells the story of Claire, a woman who wakes up every morning with no memories. In the play, Claire is greeted by her husband, who briefly explains her situation and walks away. She is immediately kidnapped by “a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask” who may or may not be her brother. And this, of course, is just the beginning. By the end of the play, one can only hope that Claire finds some personal clarity (pun intended).

"Fuddy Meers" is playing May 20, 21, 27 and 28, from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. Fourth Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74120. For more information, call 918-633-8666 or visit nightingaletheater.com.

If your search for self-identity is less “disorienting absurdity” and more “uplifting gravitas,” you might prefer to attend the performance of choreographer Kyle Abraham and his dance troupe, Abraham.In.Motion., at the Tulsa PAC. The members of Abraham.In.Motion. have unique personal and artistic histories, which are integrated into the show. This allows the performers and the audience to consider how their uniqueness can be used to contribute beauty to the world.

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion. is May 20 at 8 p.m. inside the Chapman Music Hall of the Tulsa PAC, 110 E. 2nd Street, Tulsa, OK 74103. For more information, call 918-596-7122 or visit tulsapac.com.

Finally, if your quest for self has led you to the conclusion that your family is downright nutty, your best bet may be the Heller Theater Company’s performance of "I Wish You Actually Liked Me (And Other Familial Impossibilities)" at the Henthorne Performing Arts Center. Whether you have a wonderful relationship with your family or a prickly one, there is no denying that our family shapes who we are in ways both good and bad. Written by local playwright Emile Adams, "I Wish You Actually Liked Me" explores the strange way that individuals are shaped by families, and families by individuals.

Show times for I Wish You Actually Liked Me are May 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and May 22 at 2:00 p.m. The Henthorne PAC is located at 4825 S. Quaker Ave., Tulsa, OK 74105. For more information, call 918-609-0482 or visit hellertheatreco.com

 

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