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Yesterday was the annual post-holiday/new year Broadway death-spree. No, seriously. Almost a half-dozen shows closed. Chaplin, Grace, Dead Accounts, Elf, and War Horse all closed yesterday.
I still didn’t make it to see Elf this year - but I’m not too sad about it. I am sad I didn’t get to see Dead Accounts because: Norbert Leo Butz. That’s why.
A friend of mine invited me to see Chaplin last Thursday, so I got to see it once more before it closed. I honestly enjoyed that show. I’m not sure how it got such a bad wrap, but that was unfortunate. I hope Rob McClure gets at least a TONY nomination. Grace was meh. And War Horse was just an incredible theatrical experience, but it was Lincoln Center so that couldn’t last forever.
So as these shows fade (some unfortunately) from our memory, we look ahead to the rest of the 2012-2013 Broadway season. Fingers crossed that it’s more eventful than the fall.
I spent two days this holiday weekend helping out an old friend and manager and revisiting the job that I had for most of college: Broadway merchandise.
After venturing to suburban PA for a few days to see family friends and eat a lot, I had no huge plans and I knew I wasn’t planning on making any so why not make a little extra cash before the holidays?
I worked with another friend at Evita on Saturday night and during the day on Sunday and I was as good at it now as I was then. I can still convince people to buy things they don’t need or could definitely get cheaper elsewhere without much trouble at all.
I worked at a number of shows in college as you can see below (I plan on having a quilt made out of these… eventually):
(Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Die, Mommy, Die!, The Wedding Singer, Mamma Mia, Ring of Fire, Wicked, A Bronx Tale, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Drowsy Chaerone, The Seafarer, Curtains, The Lion King, Is He Dead?, The Country Girl, Macbeth, and Spamalot)
While taking this picture, I realized I had a ton of Spelling Bee and Lion King t-shirts. I have no idea why. Would I want this to be my full time gig again? No way. I like so much having my nights free (it also doesn’t pay THAT much). Unlike a number of my friends, I’ve always loved having a day job.
But was it fun to revisit for a couple of days? Totally. And I also got to pick out, wear, and keep this awesome, kind of cheeky shirt (which, if I hadn’t taken it in the mirror would easily read - Star Quality):
You know you’ve been seeing theatre for a long time when you start seeing multiple revivals of shows on Broadway. Today was Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee. One of my favorite American plays, without a doubt. Below is a photo of the page in my scrapbook in 2005 when I saw Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin in that revival.
I studied …Virginia Woolf? in multiple classes in college and seeing it onstage was and is incredible. There are hardly words to describe it. I had mixed feelings about seeing it again this time around. The last time I’d seen it, Kathleen Turner was Martha… and how could you possibly top that? Well, as it turns out, you can’t, but you can have a 100% excellent production regardless of whether or not Turner is available.
This 3+ hour play that spans three acts is confusing, amusing, and will shake you to your core (especially the third act). Tracy Letts and Amy Morton, as George and Martha respectively, give it their all and are obviously solid in their craft. They go at it like an old couple that has grown to resent one another, and amuse and scare the audience simultaneously. Carrie Coon and Madison Dirks, as the unsuspecting victims of the night Honey and Nick, also give believable performances.
I enjoyed every minute of the performance today and I was speechless leaving the Booth Theatre afterward. If you want to see one of the greatest American plays being performed live with a stellar cast, get thee to the Booth Theatre.