Two scientists—two women from two different generations—are talking about the evolution of human female anatomy and the conversation veers into the subject of love. The older, seemingly unsentimental Zelda (in a strong, poised performance from Janet Ulrich Brooks) corrects the younger, romantic Rachel (Elizabeth Ledo, seething and raw) that, according to neurobiology, love is actually just a form of stress.
That notion informs playwright Sarah Treem’s engaging two-hander, “The How and the Why,” in production at TimeLine. From its opening act set in Zelda’s office (designed like an academic shotgun shack of sorts by Collette Pollard), the emotional meter starts at about nine out of ten on the stress scale and never really lets up, through two acts of intellectually challenging dialogue about evolution—especially as it relates to female reproductive organs and processes—career vs. family choices and, of course, love. Even though these two have never met before, they’re bound by biology and, by extension, by a developing love of their own. Read the rest of this entry »