Cynthia Corral’s review on San Jose Metblogs:
The Language Archive, playing at City Lights through January 29, IS a great show. It’s about language and relationships and the care needed to keep them alive. I sat here thinking tonight how the character of Mary treasures her ages old sourdough starter. She told of how she had to feed it, pay attention to it, never forget about it or take it for granted, so that more warm, aromatic bread could be made from it, and it would never die. The show is about George, a linguist who documents dying languages. As stated in the show, any language needs more than one person speaking it in order to survive; if no one cares for them, the languages die. George’s marriage to Mary needed the attention that the sourdough starter received. When George could no longer speak the language that Mary needed to hear, the marriage died.