Let's say this about Cormac McCarthy: He's not afraid to wrestle (one-handed) the big questions left-leaning intellectuals long ago declared null and void. The nature and meaning of good vs. evil is no philosophical abstraction in McCarthy's work; it's the vital heartbeat of everything he writes. For all his frequently overwrought prose and the unwieldy faux-Faulkner follies that can exasperate the reader, when McCarthy is running with the current he makes you fully believe in the "genius" tag. McCarthy's perennial themes are front and center in his play The Sunset Limited. It's a spare drama concerning two characters, named only Black and White. Black is an ex-convict and an evangelical Christian; White is a professor and an atheist. Offstage just before the production commences, Black saves a suicidal White from taking his own life on a train track, and they spend the rest of the play debating the meaning of human suffering and the existence of God. A new drama company, Theatre Lab, stages The Sunset Limited at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (August 9 through 17) at the Gaslight Theater (358 North Boyle Avenue) There's a single 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, August 11. Tickets are $14 and available through www.thesunsetlimited.brownpapertickets.com, or call 314-599-3309.
Thursdays-Saturdays; Sun., Aug. 11. Starts: Aug. 9. Continues through Aug. 17, 2013