Thursday, February 17, 2000
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The Seat Between provides compelling insight into man's life

By Rattaya Nimibutr
Daily Cougar Staff

The Little Room Downstairs is a theater true to its name. One of the two small theaters only has about 50 seats, and the slightly elevated stage is about the size of two king-sized mattresses put together.

However, the first time you see a show there can be one of the best theater experiences possible. The Seat Between, now playing at TLRD, is a one-man play based on a memoir written by Richard Laub -- who is not only the star of the play, but also the theater's artistic director.

Aside from Laub's fabulous performance and well-written two-hour serious comedy, the theater itself puts the audience in a much more intimate setting, allowing for a greater connection between Laub and the audience.

The Seat Between thrives on that intimate, personal setting. The only regret I have is not seeing it sooner.

Directed by Jimmy Philips in his directorial debut, The Seat Between offers insight into everything from homosexuality to Laub's desire to open a theater, which became The Little Room Downstairs.

As Laub walks the audience through the stages of his life and the people he's encountered, it is easy to see the sentimental value behind including those people in the show. He has written it well enough to allow the audience to relate with him and, at the same time, appreciate the memoir he has written.

But it doesn't stop there -- Laub is also a great song writer and composer. The show features times in which he sings about emotional events and certain people who have influenced his life. The musical numbers add to the interesting way Laub has presented his memoir.

But the stage presentation is also noteworthy. In one unique example, Laub ignites a light on stage -- whether it is a small lamp or a candle -- every time he introduces a new character in the show.

The Seat Between is a small, intimate play dealing frankly with the struggles of everyday life. Laub's compelling show, coupled with the intimate theater setting, allows the audience to relate to many of his feelings.

The Seat Between has been extended through Feb. 26 at The Little Room Downstairs, 2326 Bissonnet. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday ($15) and at 8 p.m. Monday ($12).

For more information, call (713) 522-5737.

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