Laura C. Harris has never seen “Avatar.” That would horrify her character in Signature Theatre’s new play “The Flick.”
The comedy-drama’s three-hour-and-20-minute run time is spent entirely in a cramped, dilapidated Massachusetts movie theater with its two ushers and projectionist. As they sweep up other people’s popcorn and maintain one of the state’s last 35 mm film projectors, the three chat about themselves, the future and — most of all — their favorite movies. There’s a telling scene in the middle where loyalties are built and destroyed over a debate on the merits of “Avatar” versus Terrence Malick’s 2011 exercise in weirdness “The Tree of Life.”
“It’s that whole idea of ‘I love this thing that you don’t love — what’s the deal with that?’ ” says Harris, 30, who plays the sardonic, self-destructive projectionist, Rose. “What I love is how much the pop culture can bring the characters together and alienate them as well.”
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