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Love and Information

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  11 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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Jeff Arena
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
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
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
Moushumi Ghosh
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
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.
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.
I can't help feeling that the failure of imagination is mine, but I could have stood more love and less information.
Steve Mayer
No more comprehensible than the play. It has its moments but it's beyond me what they add up to.
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.
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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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