If/Then, the Tony-nominated 2014 Broadway musical, made its Texas debut at the Public Theater of San Antonio this past Friday, Mar. 16. It runs until Sunday, Apr. 8.
The plot: Elizabeth, a city planner, moves back to New York to restart her life in the city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth’s life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories simultaneously, as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance.
Director Molly Cox says, “At the top of the show, we meet Elizabeth, a woman who admittedly gets lost in the what might be. Then the narrative splits, and we watch Elizabeth live out two stories simultaneously: one as Liz (she’s the one in glasses) and one as Beth. Is it gimmicky? Absolutely. At times hard to follow? Yup.
“And yet, from the gorgeous lights and set design to the beautifully orchestrated music and sound design to the perfectly contemporary costumes and movement, the canvas for creating Elizabeth’s two paths is stunning. Then, this ridiculously talented cast — aided by a gifted crew — breathes life into the story (or stories). For everything you see on stage, there are two (or three or seven) things happening offstage to make it work. Which is basically a metaphor for life.”
ArtScene SA‘s review will be posted next week.
If/Then plays Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. through Mar. 8 at the Public Theater of San Antonio, 800 W. Ashby Place. Tickets can be obtained online or by calling (210) 733-7258.
Photos by Jeremy Whittington.