by Lucy Prebble
directed by Laley Lippard
March 2 - 25, 2018

MIDWEST Premiere

2012 UK Critics' circle award best play

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Run time:
Act I - 60 min.
Act II - 60 min.
One 15 minute Intermission
Content Advisory: Adult Language, Nudity, Violence, Sexual Situations


The story

Connie and Tristan are volunteers in a clinical drug trial, but when they begin a sudden and illicit romance, they must ask themselves: is theirs a palpable chemistry—or is it a side effect of the new antidepressant being tested?  As their relationship forces the supervising doctors to face off over the ethical consequences of their work, the story begins to unwind in a script that plays like a thriller.

a steamy and scintillating drama filled with humor, intelligence, and suspense

People meet and fall in love all sorts of ways, doesn’t matter what starts it. I’m sure there’s a rush of something chemical if you meet on vacation or... on a bus with a bomb on it...”
— Tristan, THE EFFECT

The Artists

The production


“ Deeply moving, both in its depiction of the giddy wonder of love, and also in its account of the terrifying wasteland of depression itself” - The Telegraph

The Audience

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