All’s fair in Love & Math
According to Jason Adair and S.K. Namanny, the sketch-comedy team behind the full-length theatrical comedy Love & Math, it often appears that our most personal decisions are based on some kind of “emotional math.” The idea for the show was born from a situation somehow appropriate for sketch comedy—it was a hitchhiker who told Namanny, quite randomly, that “mathematics is the unspoken language of the universe.” Taking that unsolicited kernel of wisdom, he and Adair began to ponder, for comedic purposes at least, such cosmic forces and the hilarity to be generated from the juxtaposition of opposing states, like love and math. How do we calculate our emotional limitations? Take, for example, the long-distance relationship—what constitutes “too far”? Can we measure the depth of our feelings in miles? Or hours of travel time? Or how many tolls we have to pay for a little intimacy?
If it all sounds complex, it is. But complications are the stuff of comedy, especially in the talented hands of Adair and Namanny, who’ve been performing collaboratively since the mid-’90s. They don’t exactly promise answers to those questions, but their exploration is as eye-opening as it is entertaining. The two performers—who also meld music and comedy as Smooot Valley High—are joined onstage by Tom Wolfe, Amy Celly and Mike Fish. Love & Math plays Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m. at the Geery Theater, following performances of the ever-popular SacActor’s production of The Vagina Monologues. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling the Geery Theater at (916) 448-9019 or by visiting www.sacactors.com.