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Theater & art

Playwright Will Eno on metaphysics and ‘Middletown’

NEW YORK — A preoccupation with cosmic quandaries — and with the pain and loneliness that often mark human existence — pervades the plays of Will Eno, from his 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist “Thom Pain (based on nothing)” to his most recent dramas, “The Realistic Joneses” and “Title and Deed.” In his 2010 play “Middletown,” which begins performances Wednesday at the Cambridge YMCA Theatre, produced by Actors’ Shakespeare Project, the characters’ conversations are laced with wry, mordant musings on life and death in the face of a vast and unknowable universe.

Over a cup of tea in the kitchen of his apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Eno, 47, says that he’s been fascinated with the big, looming questions for as long as he can remember — going back to his days as a quiet kid growing up in the suburbs northwest of Boston.

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