Intimate Exchanges

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Life is full of uncertainties and “what ifs.” We’re condemned to contemplate whether every single action sets in motion a unique and uncontrollable end product, if our lives are indeed the sum product of every decision we’ve made, big and small. Ever wonder what would’ve been had you tried harder to make it work with that boyfriend back in Oregon? Or if your higher-education decision was a big huge mistake? Oh, that’s just me.

1812 Productions’ Intimate Exchanges (left) is an Arden Theatre-staged, Fringe Festival-rooted tour de force that encapsulates this exact notion: the romance of every moment’s potential to dictate a new path and a new succession of events. There are four characters, two pairs—one that’s older and married, another that’s 12 years younger—and eight possible outcomes. And the honor of making these crucial Choose-the-Adventure-You’re-On-Comedy-Theater decisions falls upon you, buddy. At seven points, a flashlight will flood over an unsuspecting audience member who’ll say ‘Yes, that character does want to go out on Friday night’ or ‘No, he doesn’t feel like taking a walk.’ One might even be able to go to the show dozens of times and not see the same outcome twice.

Intimate Exchanges’ director Mary Carpenter will tell you straight up: This is a play about not that much. Nothing big happens, and yet it’s the everyday mundane choices that often inspire us and manage to change the tenor or trajectory of one’s life. What if you allowed yourself an extra 15 minutes to sit with an iced coffee before work, and in the door walked the love of your life? What if, on your way to a job interview, that woman you impressed so much during your chat on SEPTA turned out to be your prospective boss? What if you read this and decide to buy two tickets and take the friend you have a crush on? Just sayin’: Like Intimate Exchanges, go there. Then, watch what happens. // BILL CHENEVERT

Through Sept. 21. $34-$40. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St. 1812productions.org
 

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WHEN
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Recurring: ONCE Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Recurring: ONCE Saturday, September 20, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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40 N. Second St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 09/20/2014. .

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