'The Effect' explores love and chemistry at Dobama

If love is a drug, can a drug make you fall in love? Lucy Prebble’s provocative new play, “The Effect,” directed by Laley Lippard and opening at Dobama Theatre on March 2, wowed U.K. critics and award panels with its fascinating questions about the mysteries of the mind and the true nature of love.

“The Effect” tells the story of Connie and Tristan, volunteers in a clinical drug trial, who begin a sudden and illicit romance. However, they must ask themselves: is theirs a palpable chemistry, or merely a side effect of the new antidepressant being tested? As their relationship forces the supervising doctors to face off over the ethical consequences of their work, the story begins to unwind in a script that plays like a thriller.

The New York Daily News said the play "asks provocative questions about the head and the heart. It also manages to appeal to both."

The cast of Dobama's Midwest premiere of “The Effect” features Olivia Scicolone, Ananias J. Dixon, Derdriu Ring and Joel Hammer.

“The Effect” runs Thursdays through Sundays, March 2–25, at Dobama Theatre, 2340 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. Ticket prices range from $29 to $32, with senior, student and military discounts available. Tickets to preview performances, Feb. 28 and March 1, at 7:30 p.m., are $15. The pay-as-you-can performance is March 4 at 7:30 p.m. Call the box office (216-932-3396) for information, or to purchase tickets by phone. Tickets are also available at www.dobama.org.

Julie Friedman

Julie Friedman is the managing director of Dobama Theatre.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 10:30 AM, 02.27.2018