The universe spins around us, and we stay fixed.
This is hard for most people to get their brains around, even the most scientifically minded. It makes perfect sense, intellectually, that the universe is moving without us, that we only nudge, at the very very very best, the turning of the cosmos, all around us.
We still reach, though. We strive to move the world to conform to our will because, in a way that’s never been the case in any way previous in history, we believe that we as individuals can transform the movement of the world and therefore the universe in a significant way.
Fuck you, says the universe.
And, thusly, ‘fuck you’ says life and most of the things that come along because of it. And that’s just as true in the case of the focal character of Quantum Entanglement, Andromeda, a child of a quantum-astrophysicist (please Jesus let this be a real position because I want it to exist.) and what appears to be a clinically depressed woman.
I say appears because I saw in this character most of what I hope to avoid by my own personal decision never to have children: A person who knows what they are but can’t correct it in any way they understand, so cuts out the conflict by retreating from it. It’s always the tempting option.
The Astrophysicist desperately reaches for the person he needs the only way he knows how, and fails without his daughter, who entangles him to her.
Andromeda, the nearest star system to our own, can’t reach her mother without the (seemingly) quantum bridge created by her father, but once she does it becomes clear that the universe moved on whether she was there or not. She exists beyond her mother. She always did, despite the problems her mother faced.
And the Cat is there. Or isn’t. Did things work out how we wanted them to? Or is it just that they had to, or we never would have noticed them at all?
If you read this far, you should see this show. Without question. Katelyn Schiller is a performer that can only be described as relentless, in the most literal sense. She manages in a way that nobody else I’ve ever seen, and I’ve spent my life watching theatre, to provide a full realm of human experience in a way that borders on whiplash in how quickly she manages to switch between moods and feelings in her performance. She must not be missed. She is glorious in her vulnerability and radiant in her will. She will shift something inside you. Go. Right goddamn now.