Luminescence Dating centers on Angela Hart, an archeologist determined to find the Praxiteles Aphrodite, a seven-foot tall marble nude that aroused obsessions in 4th century B.C. before vanishing without a trace. When Angela's colleague and friend, Victor Reid, steals a broken arm from an excavation lead by Angela's professional nemesis and former lover, British archaeologist Nigel Edwards, Angela is given the clue that may reveal the statue's secrets. As the three highly competitive and emotionally charged academics set off unraveling the mystery, the Goddess of Love herself (who appears within the story in an unexpected physical guise) unleashes a chain of desires that forever changes their dynamic.
While comparing Luminescence Dating to the works of Tom Stoppard, The New York Times declared that the play "succeeds at conveying the delights of intellectual collaboration [and] rattles with sly wit and great narrative drama."
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