‘Lemons’ explores limits on words

By Amanda Acuña


In a world where the average person speaks 123,205,750 words in a lifetime, imagine a new law limiting that to 140 words a day.

That’s the premise of “Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons,” a play originally written by Sam Steiner, opening at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the University of the Incarnate Word’s Cheever Theatre.

The play, under the guest direction of UIW theatre arts grad Omar Leos, follows Bernadette and Oliver, who live in a world where the government passes a law with the 140-words-a-day limit.

Bernadette and Oliver meet in an unusual place — a cat cemetery. They soon become very fond of each other and move in together. When the new law comes into effect, the couple finds their relationship more challenging.

Bernadette wastes half her words ordering a smoothie the first day and finds it challenging to say less.

In Bernadette and Oliver’s world, one may even speak more at work and by the time they arrive home cannot say more than a couple of words to each other.

Which raises the question, “Does one care more about the relationship than the other?” In their new world, you really have to make sure you say what you mean and mean what you say.

“Everyone can relate to this play,” stage manager Candice de la Rosa said. “It makes you think: Is it really that important that you use that many words?”

“Lemon” is a very unique play and will really make the audience think about what they say on a daily basis and how they say it, de la Rosa added.

“The play raises a lot of questions,” said Nicholas Bright, the actor who plays Oliver opposite Lia Trevino as Bernadette. “Oliver is against it all and he’s very passionate about it — the whole law.”

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