The Asolo Rep’s Life of Galileo provides much food for thought.
By Kay Kipling
The play opens with Galileo (Paul Whitworth, looking like a properly rumpled scientist-intellectual) discussing his research with a young student (Owen Teague) whose mother (Carolyn Michel) also happens to be Galileo’s factotum. Galileo can hold forth brilliantly on the subjects he cares passionately about, but he has other less appealing traits. He can be a bit of a scamp, one given to creature comforts and thus not averse to trickery when his finances call for it; and he places his work above anything else in life, including the happiness of his daughter, Virginia (Hannah Rose Goalstone), who falls in love with a prosperous young Italian (Ghafir Akbar) but is destined to have her heart broken.
Paul Whitworth and Owen Teague in the Asolo Rep’s Life of Galileo.