Lily Tomlin in The Search... at the Ahmanson
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The last date listed for The Search… was Saturday July 5, 2003 / 2:00pm.
Quotes & Highlights
“A jaw-dropping exhibition…Tomlin’s timing is so acute that she can whip up a giant laugh one minute and command intense silence the next. I almost literally forgot that only one woman was on stage.” Los Angeles Times
“A stunning tour de force!” San Francisco Chronicle
“Amazing, funny and astonishingly prophetic.” Associated Press
When the show first premiered, the New York Times called it “a goosebump experience—with Lily Tomlin trailing like a comet through a galaxy of characters—and who can stop tingling long enough to resist!”The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
is a 13-character play performed by one person, the incomparable Lily Tomlin. With great compassion, the play portrays our tragic and comic aspects by exploring the fictional lives of the everyday people we see, but may not acknowledge. These are gentle but often misguided people, searching for self-knowledge and recognition. We connect with them in a rueful, affectionate way as they embrace the “hip” culture that defined the late 20th century. Written by Tomlin’s longtime partner, Jane Wagner, The Search… explores our world primarily through the eyes of the wise, witty and wacky bag lady, Trudy. Trudy lives on the streets of New York and serves as a tour guide to visiting aliens who are trying to understand the inconsistencies of human nature. Trudy diligently works to show them our best side and to explain behavior, which often seems—even to her, a self-described crazy person—crazy.