Susan Kovitz and David Alexander Johnston appear in Invisible Theatre’s production of “Coming Apart,” a romantic comedy of love, marriage and pride.

Susan Claassen figures we all need a good laugh these days.

So she has planned Invisible Theatre’s season accordingly.

“The first couple of shows are lighthearted in what appears to be a challenging fall for the world,” says Claassen, the company’s managing artistic director.

Next week, IT opens its 2016-17 season with Fred Carmichael’s comedy, “Coming Apart.”

At its heart: “Coming Apart is “a romantic comedy of love and marriage, but it also touches on what happens when pride enters a relationship,” says Claassen, who is a member of the cast.

The couple coming apart are both writers who have been married for 21 years. “How do they celebrate each other’s success while still believing in their own,” she says.

About that couple: Colin writes a weekly humor column. Fran writes romance novels, but is about to write one about how to survive a marriage.

Troubled waters: Colin and Fran are competitive. And stubborn. In the heat of a moment, they both demand a divorce.

Neither wants it, but neither is willing to back down. Even their memories presents differences.

“They both remember things a little differently, such as the day of the proposal,” says Claassen.

A little help from friends: Sylvia is Fran’s agent; Bert is Colin’s best friend.

“Everyone tries to get them back together,” says Claassen, who plays Sylvia. “But there some doubts along the way.”

The takeaway: The play has some ideas the audience can chew on.

“That sometimes, for all of us, our pride gets in the way,” says Claassen. “And maybe listening is a lost art, and maybe we should discuss things in a civil way.”

But most of all, she says, “In the end, there are some good laughs.”

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Kathleen has covered the arts for the Star for 20 years. Previously, she covered business, news and features for the Tucson Citizen. A near-native of Tucson, she is continually amazed about the Old Pueblo's arts scene and feels lucky to be covering it.