LOVE IN THE TITLE
by Hugh Leonard
Directed by Cathy Kurz
February 18 - March 6, 2022
First Central Congregational Church
Brigit Saint Brigit welcomes audiences to the second half of our 29th season with Hugh Leonard’s tender comedy/drama Love in The Title, set in the present-day, time-tilted world of Corcamore, Ireland where a successful, 50-year-old novelist, Katie, has bicycled to paint and picnic. She is soon magically and inexplicably joined in a meadow by her mother, Triona (at age 30 in 1964), and her grandmother, Cat (at age 20 in 1932.)
Love in the Title occupies three time periods simultaneously and is infused with the singular Irish irony that plays with time and age, family myths, longing, rage, and laughter that flash among comedy, mystery, and tragedy (and back again) in the blink of an eye.
Mother (at 20 years old): "When did I die?"
Daughter (at 30 years old): "None of your business."
In Hugh Leonard's tender comedy/drama Love in The Title—built on a conceit where characters interact while occupying three time periods simultaneously—such teasing exchanges track the mysterious, subliminal connections among three generations of Irish women. Catnip for theater lovers.
Products of their own times and their own lives, each character is distinctly drawn--Cat, uninhibited and free-spirited, unknowing, and untouched by future troubles; Triona, who's grudgingly adapted the middlebrow, proper standards of a Dublin matron (that still haven't evaporated her eviscerating wit), and Katie, the single, successful writer and scholar, who has learned how to navigate a 21st century life. Yet… She's the only one who knows the future of her mother and grandmother. Will she tell? And what does she want to learn from them? Secrets and stories—how do we get to be who we are?
Katie (50, contemporary): Mam, I promise you, you'll see the day when there's an end to all the old sins-of-the-father guff. A day when a husband is no more necessary to a woman than the bell on that bike.
Triona (30, Katie's mother, from 1964): You have friends? That's a pathetic thing to say. You don't know it yet, do you? Getting married is so you won't need friends.
Cat (20, Triona's mother, Katie's gran, from 1932): Charlie Tynan hasn't two ha'pennies to rub together, but he says he'll make me a necklace out of the sparkles of the sun on the water at Castleconnell. I like that. A fellow that promises you what can't be got will never disappoint you.