Jake Gyllenhaal

The astrophysicist's rom-com: 'Constellations' at the Geffen

The astrophysicist's rom-com: 'Constellations' at the Geffen

The opening scene of “Constellations,” the play by British dramatist Nick Payne that had a Broadway production in 2015 with Ruth Wilson and Jake Gyllenhaal, offers variations of the meet-cute scene, in which fate brings together a pair of unsuspecting lovers for topsy-turvy romantic comedy.

“Constellations,” however, hardly qualifies as a traditional rom-com. The different versions of this first encounter between Marianne (Ginnifer Goodwin), a Cambridge University astrophysicist, and Roland (Allen Leech), a beekeeper, reflect the scientific awareness that the universe is actually a multiverse and that time is a dodgier concept than most of us realize.

This two-actor play,...

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