Combining element’s of Coward’s beloved screenplay and the one-act play on which it was based, this new adaptation adds song and dance and imaginative projections to tell the story of a couple’s unrequited love.
“Brief Encounter” stars a cast of nine people, none of whom you will recognize, but you may remember the “Brief Encounter” movie that originally starred Trevor Howard and then a remake with Richard Burton. It’s a movie that a lot of people didn’t see. The cast of nine play multiple parts and multiple musical instruments and are just plain wonderful. Get there early not only to hear the band, but to read the director’s program notes because they explain the play as being a metaphor for homosexuality and people who meet and have an impossible love affair that’s forbidden. I really liked this because I figured out something about affairs that I had never understood before, and as far as I’m concerned theater that teaches you something about something you didn’t know before wins big time. So for entertainment value, probably three and a half stars, for enlightenment another half star, so I’ll give it four stars.