And lastly (yes, I promise!), a few of my favorite off-Broadway Playbills. Looking through my collection, I was really proud of all the random stuff I’ve seen (L-R):
SLUT! the Musical: This musical was hilarious and starred Andy Karl and Mary Faber (before she was an Idiot).
The Overwhelmed - at Roundabout which starred Michael Stahl-David, who later went on to star in Cloverfield.
suBurbia - the revival at Second Stage which starred Kieran Culkin (as well as Michael Esper - though I totally don’t remember him in it!), and a bunch of extremely talented 20 something actors.
The Atheist - I went to see this solely because Chris Pine was starring. It was a one man show and I thought he did a fantastic job.
Spring Awakening - off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theatre Company in 2006. We sat onstage and it was well, interesting to say the least. I didn’t love it after the first act (I hated the microphones) but I got more into it in the second act. Off-Broadway, John Gallagher Jr. made his entrance by popping out of the seat that was right next to my friend’s seat. We both screamed when he popped up!
Distracted - starring Cynthia Nixon at Roundabout. This was a play about a mother who battles with whether or not she should be medicating her child after he is diagnosed with ADD. Nixon is a truly fantastic actress onstage and on-screen.
After Ashley - my first play at the Vineyard about the exploitation of tragedy in the 21st century, starring Dennis Hopper, Kieran Culkin, and Anna Paquin.
Some Americans Abroad - about a school group abroad in London. I went to see it solely because Anthony Rapp was in it.
Walmartopia - I included this because it remains the ONLY show I’ve ever walked out of during intermission. It was just that bad.
Next to Normal at Second Stage. To say the show was in shambles and way too long is an understatement. The second act felt like it was 3 hours long. It had some good moments but they definitely cleaned it up for the better.
Port Authority at Atlantic Theatre Company that starred John Gallagher Jr., Brian Darcy James, and Jim Norton. It was… interesting. I could’ve used a second viewing.
Stuff Happens at the Public Theatre. This was a play written by David O’Hare about the events after 9/11 that lead to the Iraq War. The title comes from when Dick Cheney was quoted as saying “stuff happens!” in response to a question about a tragedy happening. I loved this.