What we have here is most assuredly not a failure to communicate. As the very first installment of The Performance Loft’s 2010-2011 season of “Theatre @ The Loft,” An Evening of Communication is described by Director Kellie McDonald as a collection of vignettes, including Edward Albee’s Listening. “I decided to do Listening because it involves the complex relationship of three individuals and the journey of how they got to where they are in their lives,” says McDonald, who graduated from Cal State San Bernardino with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. “Everyone has a story to tell and these three characters are each trying to discover the right words to express themselves and their past. I think audiences will go home with a better understanding of how easy it is to misunderstand each other and consider their own communication skills.” An Evening of Communication will be performed on Tuesday and Wednesday by a cast comprised of brand-new actors as well as returning ones. Guests can expect to laugh during the first act, as well as be stirred during the second by what McDonald describes as “one of Albee’s most interesting works,” although harsh language is put to use, so it may behoove guests to leave the kiddies at home.
The Performance Loft’s An Evening of Communication at the Mitten Building, 345 5th St., Redlands; www.performanceloft.org. Nov. 9, 8:30PM; Nov. 10, 8PM. Tickets $15, $5 students w/ID.