On the Road

Have you ever been driving and just never, ever wanted to stop? Even with gas at three bucks a gallon, the increasingly expensive open road means more to us than just so much distance from point A to point B.

In a kind of pointillist fashion, Tales From the Great American Roadway takes on some familiar themes. Starting tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Mary Miller Theater, 300 East Simpson Street in Lafayette, the series of 21 short vignettes deals with everything from an empty-nest couple stuck in traffic on their way to Las Vegas to a waitress struggling with the reason behind her husband's death in a car accident. The pieces are split into two acts and woven together to create a cumulative sense of people struggling for meaning.

According to Theater Company of Lafayette director Madge Montgomery, "The play really grapples with how automobiles have become important aspects of our culture, and also how they have increasingly become metaphors for different aspects of our lives." Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $10 for kids. For more information, go to www.tclstage.org.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Mon., July 16, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., July 22, 2 p.m. Starts: July 13. Continues through July 28

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Mark Dragotta