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Love and Information

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  158 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
A stunningly ambitious work from one of the UK's most influential playwrights.

Someone sneezes. Someone can't get a signal. Someone shares a secret. Someone won't answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone's not ready to talk. Someone is her brother's mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traff
ebook, 74 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Nick Hern Books (first published September 6th 2012)
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Jan 15, 2016 Iris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Searching for monologues for an audition and 'Manic' is one I'm considering. I wish I could see this play performed, there's so many different ways this could be staged and it would be so fun to be in.
Jeff Arena
Jan 06, 2014 Jeff Arena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caryl Churchill never writes the same play twice, and--more thrillingly--she never re-uses the same dramatic conceit or structure a second time, either. Love and Information is a scripts that incorporates some of the chance techniques associated with John Cage in music. There are dozens of short scenes, grouped into seven sections. The scenes can be re-ordered by her collaborators however they wish; the sections need to remain in the author's order. There are also additional scenes that can be i ...more
Aug 12, 2015 Pgregory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fifty (or maybe 60) scenes (or maybe plays, or dialogues) revealing Churchill's never-static, always inventive and creative heart of theatricality. As Tony Kushner said, Churchill is "the greatest living English playwright." She never does anything twice (Daily Telegraph). Or, as the Huffington Post said, "In the fast-moving traffic of life there are still quiet moments of beauty, heart-wrenching sorrow, joy and profound epiphanies... The succinct and thought-provoking script speaks volumes abou ...more
Jun 12, 2016 Geoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre
Churchill is a playwright I always felt I should get to know better. My friend Michael O'Halloran suggested this play, with the possible intention of staging it sometime. It is sparse and formally elegant, a series of discrete dialogues with little or no elaboration, even the order is up to the director, (although Churchill does have some rules in place). It reminds me of the 'exquisite corpse' games played by the surrealists or perhaps snippets of conversation caught while riding the subway. Th ...more
May 22, 2015 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre
Incredible read, probably much more impactful when performed. I had a hard time deciding which character was saying what in each scene, and whether there were multiple characters in each scene, but what was on the page was incredible. It's quick, important, meaningful, realistic dialogue, but it also offers some depth; something that you can hear someone saying, yet it still carries some weight outside of the conversational feeling. It makes me wonder if Churchill has any previous experience wit ...more
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Sep 10, 2014 Moushumi Ghosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first Caryl Churchill and she has blown me away with her exploration of relationships between two people connected by love, friendship or DNA as well as a person's relationship to their conflicted self. I love the idea of 'information' - we are information, sex is information, what we exchange is information. It's brilliant. All I want to do is read or watch her other words. Watching will be better but till that happens, I have the books.
Ploy Suriyaporn
Sep 09, 2015 Ploy Suriyaporn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Normally, drama is not my cup of tea and I'm not interested in reading it that much. This is my first Churchill's play and I am very impressed. This is so far from any typical drama I've read. It is a play! a playground where nothing is static. It is poetry, paintings, tales and everything all at once. I don't understand everything in it but I am really moved. Kudos to you Ms.Churchill! I havent had this kind of excitement for a very long time.
Dec 16, 2014 Doug rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nearly 40 years into her career, Churchill is still redefining what theatre can/should do. Her latest published work is NOT one of her strongest, although it's hard to say how it would 'play' on the stage. Essentially dozens of short vignettes (some silent or only one sentence long) involving usually only two characters, they are all short pieces about the titular subject(s). There is no 'plot' per se, and no through-line, so it might be either fascinating or rather tedious to see this performed ...more
The unusual structure and lack of named characters make this hard to comprehend as a play, but it may work better on the page than on the stage. Bereft of description and context, the short vignettes often seem like poems.

if this survives 20 years or so it's the kind of play that will need footnotes for specific 2000s-10s cultural context
Cary S
Mar 25, 2016 Cary S rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remarkable and truly beautiful as a book of poetry. (5 Stars) A bit bizarre as a script for a play.
Joseph Downes
Jan 31, 2016 Joseph Downes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good play that I am doing for my final AS Drama and Theatre Studies exam; should be fun!
Steve Mayer
No more comprehensible than the play. It has its moments but it's beyond me what they add up to.
Jun 17, 2016 Miranda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was so great to read and perform this unique set of theatrical works.
Jul 17, 2015 J.M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, british, borrowed
Cute. Clever. Almost cutting-edge. This was interesting for its chopped-up structure and the absence of named characters, being a series of unpunctuated and often interrupted lines. It's thought-provoking, to be sure, but I wish the author had done a little more thinking beforehand. She keeps coming close to real epiphany or insight, only to stop short. Some scenes, including "Depression," which is indicated as essential, feel pretty half-baked.

Still, I liked it. I'd be interested in picking up
Chambers Stevens
There is no doubt that Caryl Churchill is one of England's greatest playwrights.
But this is a minor work.
Always interesting and even propagative it doesn't hold a candle to her last play A Number.
Now THAT is a great play.
I don't know how to rate this play because I am still trying to figure out what I think of it. It was definitely interesting.
Feb 05, 2016 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't help feeling that the failure of imagination is mine, but I could have stood more love and less information.
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Caryl Churchill (born 3 September 1938) is an English dramatist known for her use of non-naturalistic techniques and feminist themes, dramatisation of the abuses of power, and exploration of sexual politics.[1] She is acknowledged as a major playwright in the English language and one of world theatre's most influential writers.

Her early work developed Bertolt Brecht's modernist dramatic and theatr
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