If you happen to live in NYC or the surrounding areas, you really have no excuse. Going to see a play, either a Broadway show or off-Broadway production, should be a fairly regular part of your life. A night spent getting lost in a story, in awe of the amazing singing and dancing, and laughing out loud or even shedding a tear, is sometimes exactly what’s needed to forget about the everyday stress that’s plaguing you. Not to mention you will feel cultured and have something more to add to conversations other than the happenings of today’s reality show television nightmare.
Over the last few months, I have seen two off-Broadway shows and one major ticket, The Book of Mormon. Concerning the latter, believe the hype! This show is laugh-out-loud funny and shockingly inappropriate but what else would you expect from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park? It is a religious sattire musical so if you’re easily offended, this is not the show for you. Personally, I thought it was creative and extremely entertaining (I loved the spooky Mormon hell dream!) and thought the overall message was poignant.
I was also lucky enough to check out All New People, Zach Braff’s first play, on opening night. This off- broadway show focuses on one man’s desire to commit suicide and the random people who are called into his life on that fateful night. It wasn’t the greatest show I’ve ever seen but nevertheless it was entertaining and I thought the overall message (yes, I’m big on messages) concerning happiness was worth hearing.
So if you’re stuck in the dinner and a movie rut, put a play on your calendar. As an added bonus, you can feel good about supporting the Arts. Currently running Broadway shows and off-Broadway productions can be found on the following links. If you’re not in the NYC area, check your local theatres for great shows in your own backyard.
P.S~ Next up on my list is the off-Broadway play, Love, Loss and What I Wore. If any of my NY friends are interested, let me know!