Review Round-up: Do critics Love Churchill’s new play?
It explores the disorientation we experience trying to process the endless data that is constantly pumped out at us in the information age; our thirst for knowledge about the world has resulted in a difficulty to express our emotional intelligence.
Directed by James MacDonald, Love and Information runs at the Court until 13 October.
...the thought-experiments of Wittgenstein spring to mind when watching Caryl Churchill's uneven but highly stimulating new revue of a play....What is it to know something? Is it better know things or not to know things?...Churchill airs these questions in a swift-footed, witty, sometimes haunting, show that is itself a calculated and droll example of information-overload. Breathtakingly well-directed by James Macdonald, it unfolds in fifty-seven black-out sketches in which a superlatively versatile sixteen-strong cast play over a hundred non-recurring characters...Performed on Miriam Buether's clinical white-cube set, each piece has a slightly hallucinatory distinctness. The text is bare of stage directions, so it is Macdonald who has imaginatively fleshed out the contexts...“Knowledge comes but wisdom stays,” wrote Tennyson. Dramatising a world where we have faster and faster access to more and more data but can lose our grip on the human meaning, Churchill has spiritedly updated that maxim.