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The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

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September 21–October 23, 2022

Mark Taper Forum

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

[Cecily] Strong has us rooting for her from the get-go. [She] grounds her interpretation of the play’s oddball and appealing assortment of characters with a straightforward, amiable and nicely detailed comic style.

Cecily Strong

Weaving together the seemingly disparate tales of a punk-rock rebel, wealthy Californian socialites, feminist reactionaries, and a woman who roams the streets in search of aliens, Emmy award winner Jane Wagner’s beloved play, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, is a hilarious and timeless play about what makes us human. Emmy-nominated Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong stars in this 90-minute, one-woman show originally written for Lily Tomlin that has audiences, “rooting for her from the get-go...” You may not need to travel across the cosmos to find meaning and hope in life here on Earth. 

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By Jane Wagner
Directed by Leigh Silverman
With Cecily Strong
Presented in Association with The Shed

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The performance length is 90 minutes with no intermission.

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