Title: The Things are Against Us
Rating: 3 Stars
Resistentialism is a theory that inanimate objects can manifest spiteful behavior. One of the characters actually refers to this theory in a study where toast with jam is more like to land jam side down if the carpet is more expensive. The slogan of this theory is “The things are against us”. That might provide a clue to what’s going on in here.
It is just a clue, because otherwise, it’s pretty much a mind fuck.
If you unpeel enough of the layers, there are two sisters who have inherited a house. One is sexually repressed while the other has just been dumped by the love of her life, so they’re both not in a wonderfully happy place.
They communicate exclusively via email and letters (think Les Liaisons Dangereuses). Things start heading seriously South on them when the e-mail starts getting bounced and the letters are returned to sender (possibly more resistentialism?). This causes them to worry about each other and drives the play to its climax.
That’s the basic plot.
Oh yeah, horrible things have happened at the house and it’s probably haunted.
Oh yeah, the house has a fairly substantial talking role, engaging in sophisticated conversations with one of the sisters and occasionally lapsing in German.
Oh yeah, there’s also a Lebanese character who feels compelled to wear his evil grandfather’s clothes and is now living in New York and has just made friends with one of the sisters.
Oh yeah, the poet Federico Garcia Lorca is in the play. Yes, the poet that died in 1936. Did I mention that the play takes place in the current day? Maybe Lorca had an affair with the grandfather of the Lebanese character?
So, yeah, a mind fuck.
It was tough sledding. I was entertained, although I’m still not sure what I just watched.