by Bernard Reed
'THE QUALITY OF LIFE'
7:30 p.m. The Weekend Theater. $12-$16.
It's hard these days to avoid the ideological conflicts of our political and cultural landscape; there's too much yelling and not enough insight, and it seems nobody can get along because nobody really wants to. TV and the Internet, for all their hopeful modernity, have turned into the stomping ground of the stupid, so perhaps it's worth it to examine our world in a more old-fashioned way, from the stage.
The Weekend Theater presents this drama about a conservative couple whose faith in God helps them cope with the death of their adult daughter, and their weekend visit to liberal, hippy-dippy cousins who live in Berkeley and smoke medical marijuana.
By now these are two worldviews whose clash we are not unfamiliar with, but the stage is generally a quiet place, and it possesses a realism that might remind us that we're all human, no matter what we believe in. The drama continues Nov. 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19.