Relationships are hard, especially if you’re a commitment-phobic single of the I-obsessed Gen Y. Writer and actor Hannah Van Sciver examines the difficult connection and disconnect between two Millennials in her original work MARBLES. Staged as a series of vignettes and he said, she said flashbacks, the intimate half-hour production considers the big issues of time and cyberspace, and their impact on young lives and deteriorating social skills (with the titular marbles representing each memory added to the fishbowls of their lives, and childhood toys from a simpler time, when human activities were direct and hands-on, not virtual).
Performed by Van Sciver and Sam Sherburne, the bittersweet story—she’s mostly bitter, with sociopathic tendencies towards men and goldfish, and he’s mostly sweet, even while bordering on stalking and a savior complex observed by his mother—is at times funny and often distressing, with insightful glimpses into the psychological make-up of the characters. You’re invited to enjoy a free cup of coffee after the show, in the basement of a neighborhood café filled with people in close proximity, singly engrossed in their laptops and other digital devices. Relationships are hard! [Chapterhouse Cafe & Gallery, 620 South 9th Street] September 11-14, 2014; fringearts.com/marbles.