Tonight, Robert celebrates his 35th birthday with his closest friends. His friends are not particularly close to each other — their individual friendships with Bobby are the only link connecting them — but he's such a great guy that they've organized a surprise party for him. As five pairs of husband and wives fete their single friend, the talk of course turns to marriage, specifically, when the commitment-phobic Bobby is going to join the club. In Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's musical Company
, the action expands through time and we see Bobby interact with each of the couples, and we learn what it is to be married. It's "The Little Things You Do Together" that keep you interested, and it's a constant state of feeling "Sorry-Grateful," and it's sometimes easier to live together but not be married, and it's tough. Much of the time, it's tough to be married. Bobby sees all the negatives, but he doesn't get to experience any of the positives — and how can you knock it if you haven't tried it? The Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts presents Company
at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (September 30 through October 11) in the Emerson Studio Theatre in the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; 314-968-7128). Tickets are $6 to $12.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 30. Continues through Oct. 11, 2009