Big Idea Theatre presents Julia Cho’s “The Language Archive”

Published: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 - 9:30 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 - 10:24 pm

Big Idea Theatre presents Julia Cho’s bittersweet “The Language Archive.”

As I wrote after seeing it at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2011, “Alternately ebullient and sad, Cho’s play digs deeply into both love and loss.”

The melancholy drama is a smart, emotional meditation on love and the limits of language to communicate it. While language researcher George (Eason Donner) and his wife, Mary (Jessica Berkey), have a disintegrating marriage, his lab assistant, Emma (Elizabeth Holzman), has a desperate infatuation with him.

Her poignant journey becomes the center of the play. Benjamin Ismail directs. At Big Idea Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento, through Aug. 23. Tickets: $10-$20. Information at (916) 960-3036 or

Marcus Crowder

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