Tricia Stiller/review: Star sublime in Station's one-person 'Title and Deed'

Tricia Stiller/review: Star sublime in Station's one-person 'Title and Deed'

"A single actor." "A bare stage." "No intermission." "Great." These were the words, dripping in sarcasm, that were uttered near me while waiting for the start of Will Eno's "Title and Deed" at its opening performance Thursday night.

I smiled internally, for I knew something that person clearly did not — that single actor was David Barkley.

Directed by his wife, Deb Richardson, Barkley immediately captivates his audience with Eno's existential musings on the power of words, the weight of loneliness and the all-too-human need to belong somewhere.

Typical of Eno's work, "Title and Deed" is profound in its simplicity, and Barkley, in his performance, is sublime.

He presents himself as an unassuming traveler offering honest observations on everyday absurdities like, for example, when at the airport you are asked to declare if you're traveling for business or pleasure. He answered "yes."

As he meanders through his own emotional minefield for nearly an hour without a break, he is all at once hilarious and melancholic with an endearing faith that there might be more that connects rather than separates how we share this thing called life.

A single actor, a bare stage, no intermission. Great? You bet.

Tricia Stiller serves as director for the McLean County Diversity Project's Theatre Program, the Miller Park Summer Theatre Program and the Penguin Project McLean County. She can be contacted at

If you go

What: The Celebration Company presents the one-person play "Title and Deed" by Will Eno, starring David Barkley, directed by Deb Richardson.

When: 8 p.m. through Oct. 21, with a 3 p.m. matinee today.

Where: Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway, U.

Tickets: $15 for adults; $10, students and senior citizens.

Running time: 58 minutes without intermission.

Reservations: 384-4000,

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