(Alexis Soloski’s article appeared in The New York Times, 7/15.)

After seven years together, plenty of couples might start to take each other — or at least the occasional orange slice — for granted. Not the director Sam Gold and the playwright Annie Baker.

On a recent afternoon, he shouted to her across a cluttered rehearsal room.

“Baker,” he called. “You have to see the garnish options. They’re amazing.”

Ms. Baker, wrapped in an itchy-looking afghan, came over. Their new play, “John,” which begins previews at the Signature Theater next Wednesday, is set in a knickknack-besieged bed-and-breakfast in Gettysburg, Pa. Orange slices and other garnishes accompany the meals. No one in the audience is likely to notice them.


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