In Tuesdays With Morrie, now at the Bristol Riverside Theatre, sportswriter Mitch Albom visits weekly with his former professor, Morrie Schwartz. Their sessions, always heavy on life lessons, include one exchange in which the elder asks the angst-ridden younger a telling question. It's not "Are you happy?" but "Are you at peace with yourself?"
Ever since Albom's memoir was published in 1997 - then became an Oprah Winfrey-produced made-for-TV movie and a stage play cowritten with Jeffrey Hatcher, and then morphed into an Albom cottage industry of inspirational books - the answer appears to be a resounding "yes."
The play follows Albom and Schwartz's rekindled friendship until the latter's death of Lou Gehrig's disease in 1995. It's sort of an anti-Godot, in which the big man's arrival is certain, and every living moment, rather than divesting itself of meaning, becomes further freighted with what Schwartz calls aphorisms, and I'll call platitudes. Example: "There's no point in loving; loving is the point."