Presented by Lyric Stage Boston
By Deborah Zoe Laufer
Directed by Courtney O’Connor
Intimacy direction by Ted Hewlett
Original compositions and sound design by Dewey Dellay
Review by Kitty Drexel
BOSTON, Mas.. — Be Here Now is the Lyric Stage Company’s first in-person show since society came crashing down in March 2020. Its characters navigate nihilism. It is with a spirit of cheerful nihilism that this critique is written.
Bari (Samantha Richert) is a nihilist. She teaches she used to teach nihilism at a New York university. She moved to her parents’ rural cottage in her hometown to finish her dissertation – ten years ago. In those ten years, Bari has burrowed more deeply into her nihilism like a frog in the mud for winter. She’s so convinced that life is meaningless that she’s unconcerned when she passes out from one of her recurring headaches. Continue reading