that girl allison

I'm Allison. I see a ton of theatre. I'm a fan of Green Day, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Weezer, Oasis, Adam Rapp, Emily Giffin, and Shakespeare. I run sometimes, and do yoga always.

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 As much as I liked This Is Our Youth, I would have to say that if you see one play on Broadway this year, it should definitely be The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (based on the book of the same name). This National Theatre transfer from London tells the story of Christopher Boone, a teenager in England with autism who is investigates the death of his neighbors dog and finals out a lot about his family in the process.

The story is simple, but it’s the direction (by Marianne Elliot), set design (by Bunny Christie), and lighting (by Paule Constable) that really make this piece come to life. I wish I could describe it better without spoiler alerts, but I can’t. The audience is really served with a fantastic idea of what it’s like to live with autism.

The ensemble cast is fantastic and work together to bring the ten thousand moving pieces of this play together. The stand out, of course, is Alex Sharp as Christopher Boone. This kid just graduated Juilliard in May and if they don’t give him a Tony Award for his performance, it will be a crime. His portrayal of an autistic child seems genuine and not forced at all.

Make sure you have your coffee before though as it’s 2 hours and 45 minutes long. But it’s fantastic and I was never bored (and my favorite words in the English language are “ninety minutes, no intermission.”). I sat dead center in the last row of the orchestra and the seats were perfect. I know there are $27 tickets in the rear mezzanine or balcony, and if you have the means, I’d encourage everyone to go grab one of these as close to the center as you can and enjoy, and be moved.

I was invited to the first preview of Love Letters last weekend starring Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow. I knew nothing about it going in but it was 90 minutes, no intermission, and the stars are fantastic, so I was excited. Love Letters was originally off-Broadway and then on Broadway in 1989. It had a weekly rotating cast, which is going to be sort-of replicated on Broadway this time around too .

Love Letters is the most simple play you can imagine. Two actors sitting at table onstage reading letters back and forth to each other. Some are only a sentence, some are a page long. We journeyed with these two characters from the time that they were 8 years old and passing notes in class until they’ve both been married multiple times, with children, and careers, and problems. It’s funny, serious, sad, charming, and slightly depressing (towards the end).

This play was slightly reminiscent of the movie One Day, which follows two people throughout a number of years and much unrequited love. 

I walked out of Love Letters completely moved by these actors, the story they told through letters, and the uncomplicated way that it was presented. 

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On Tuesday night I went to see a preview performance of the Broadway transfer of Steppenwolf’s, “This Is Our Youth,” by Kenneth Lonergan. I was extremely excited because I remember really enjoying reading the play in college and I adore both Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin. I didn’t actually remember what the play was about, and I didn’t know whether or not Michael Cera could actually act onstage, but I had high hopes going into the show.

This Is Our Youth is about affluent youth living on the Upper West Side in the early 80’s, trying to figure out their next steps in life, deciding whether or not to continue using various drugs, and attempting to be independent from their parents. After one of their friends, and primary dealers, dies during the night, they contemplate what they’re doing with their youth and if THIS is how they want to remember it.

Michael Cera, as Warren, was great onstage. He did what he does best: lanky, socially-awkward teenager. My favorite was Kieran Culkin though. I’ve seen him onstage a few times previously and he’d always been good, but he just rocked it as Darren. He spouted off line after line with such ease and his comedic timing for darkly humorous lines was perfect. His physical comedy was also natural. Rounding out the small cast was Tevi Gevinson as Cera’s love interest Jessica. Gevinson, I believe, is just out of high school and doing this in her gap year between high school and college. She was perfectly awkward and nervous as Jessica.

 Needless to say, I really enjoyed this production. I’m also someone who has a soft spot for plays about entitled kids bitching endlessly (ala Suburbia, etc.). This play will not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it was definitely mine and I highly recommend it. 

To say that I had mixed feelings about seeing The Phantom of the Opera again last Wednesday night would be an understatement. When I received the invite, I RSVP’ed only because I wanted to see Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess together.

Our seats were lovely, Row N in the orchestra. I could see the Phantom wherever he happened to pop up without craning my neck.

And do you know what else was lovely? The show. I really enjoyed it. Having not seen it in a good 8 years combined with having been in the middle of reading 50 Shades of Grey made it a whole new experience for me. When I was younger I never quite caught on to the explosive sexuality if the show, but since I was expecting to be bored, this was a refreshing surprise.

Lewis and Boggess were jaw-droppingly amazing. Their chemistry was fantastic and their voices were flawless. My two reasons to revisit the show after so many years were well worth the trip. The rest of the cast was great too, but Boggess and Lewis stole the show (as they should).

If you’re thinking that you want to see these two in their roles but are dreading sitting through this tourist favorite again, fear not! Just go. It’ll be worth it.

Tickets were provided by the production.

The final moments of the the final performance of American Idiot on Broadway.

I was playing Whatshername on my guitar for the first time in forever tonight. It brought back some good memories. 

So, The Cripple of Inishmaan is officially ending it’s fantastic run on July 20th. So just as a reminder, I present you all with this backstage tour with Daniel Radcliffe. Because who doesn’t love a backstage tour with a charismatic Brit?

And also: GIVE AWAY TIME! Reblog this post to win a copy of McDonagh’s plays, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Lonesome West.

Winner will be announced on May 10th!

Two weeks ago I got to see After Midnight, a dance revue playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Patti LaBelle was the current star and Dule Hill is always fabulous, as is Adriane Lenox, so I said why not!

It definitely deserved it’s Best Choreography TONY Award as the dancing was some of the best currently seen on Broadway. The singing was fabulous and it wove several different stories together which all came together at the very end, which I always like.

The cast was uniformly talented and did things with their bodies that you wouldn’t believe was possible. It’s a 95 minute journey back to old Harlem and the music of the day.

A few weeks ago I saw Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at the Circle in the Square Theater starring the magnificent Audra McDonald. 

I knew nothing about Billie Holiday, nor did I know most of her song catalogue. It was all really pretty music and it was interesting to learn so much about this musical icon. 

Although McDonald is fabulous in everything she does, this included, but I left this show asking the same thing I did after End of the Rainbow, “Why?” As in, what was the point? 

I have no idea but I’ll just think of this a music history lesson and consider myself incredibly lucky to see Audra McDonald onstage again. 

This article, about Jessie Mueller, was really adorable. I highly suggest you read it. I’m sure she was totally excited to do this interview this morning after partying all night at the Carlyle ;)

The top moments from last night:

  1. A Gentleman’s Guide winning Best Musical. Obviously. (Full disclosure: my current office of employment works on the show so we were all incredibly happy.)
  2. Hedwig's performance. it was the best (GGLAM following a close second!). Hedwig is going to be sold out for their entire run soon. Mark my words.
  3. Lena & NPH winning their much deserved awards.
  4. Bryan Cranston and All the Way winning. Love that show. 
  5. Jessie Mueller’s acceptance speech. She was so sincere. 

Let’s see, last night’s WTF moments were as follows:

  1. The Wicked performance. That was the best they could do? Come on. Idina Menzel was in the house - throw her $10k to perform Defying Gravity. She’s a single mom now, so she could probably use the extra money, right? (No, I’m just being an asshole and I’m completely kidding. I think she makes upwards of $20k/week for If/Then, she’s fine.) This performance was a waste of time and a dishonor to a show that’s been on Broadway and selling out for 10 years. 
  2. The Music Man rapping. WHAT WAS THIS? Everyone at the party was speechless. We had no idea what was going on. 
  3. Nikki James in Les Miserables. Jesus christ. When is she scheduled to go on vacation because I cannot sit through a production of Les Miserables for three hours where Eponine sounds like a, and I quote, bag of dying babies. Miscast, indeed.  
  4. Celia Keenan-Bolger and The Glass Menagerie losing. WHAT? This was not supposed to happen. Wires got crossed somewhere.
  5. The opening number. Look, I get it, I read online today why Hugh Jackman was hopping, but even if I’d gotten the reference when I was watching it, it was still incredibly boring. It was one of the most lackluster openings in a while.

It wasn’t the best Tony’s, but it had it’s moments. I was exhausted and made my way home around midnight. It’s always worth the exhaustion. 

I’ve seen a bunch of shows in the last month. Unfortunately it’s been the week leading up to the Tonys/I’ve been a bit lazy so I haven’t had a chance to write about them yet.

I’m going to my company TONY party tonight with my lovely (semi-still new, I suppose?) coworkers and crossing our fingers that our shows take home all the awards.

This year the TONYs are such a toss up. I think Hedwig is a lock for revival and NPH is a lock for Best a Leading Actor, but who knows.

I’m also ashamed to admit that I’ve only seen one musical that’s nominated in the Best Musical category! I’m seeing After Midnight on Wednesday though so there’s that.

I’m sitting in a spa chair getting a long overdue pedicure in an admittedly weird lime green orange (for GGLAM!) from Essie. Then I’m going to watch a couple of episodes of Orange is the New Black, rest, do my hair, and get going to the party.

May the best show win…