If a game where you throw 2 plastic (rubber? I am unsure of the exact material) pigs into the air and get points based on how they land–on their side, snout, back, etc.–is a real game that people pay money for, who’s to say what is possible?
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My viewing companion on the left was texting during most of the show. My viewing companion on the right wondered out loud, “Are they trying to make a statement about bad acting that I just don’t get?”
But I liked it.
I get it. Two people on a small stage. It’s probably very difficult to make this convincing, especially when one of the actors is Julia Stiles, who is famous and therefore has to try even harder to get the audience to see her as a character and not a celebrity.
But I did not enjoy this play. I’m sure both actors are very talented in general, but as people who were supposed to be interacting in a “dark romantic comedy,” they fell way short.
In my mind, Oscar Wilde can (I mean, could, when he was alive, of course) do no wrong (I mean, as a writer, of course).
So the Hudson Warehouse Theater Company’s outdoor production of the play was always going to be good in my opinion.
It was always inevitable, of course. You knew it from the moment the curtain rose and the familiar sense of this isn’t going to end well bubbled and gurgled up into your throat.
But you tried to enjoy the experience anyway, since everyone was so talented and objectively it was impressive.
Still, that nagging feeling of this is hurtling toward devastation wouldn’t go away, and while on the one hand, you wanted to just get it over with, on the other hand you wanted to stop time so you might never have to reach the instant everything goes so terribly wrong.
For 3 years, I’ve wanted to do this.
At first, when I told people about it, no one was interested. “Some weird interactive show with masks? No thank you,” they said. (Actually, they mainly ignored me or just responded with, “Weird.”)
Then, after Sleep No More started gaining acclaim, it was purely the cost that deterred my friends. And I admit, shelling out almost $100 for one experience seems steep. But it’s going to be worth it. I know it. Much like when I bought tickets for Once, this is one of those things that I have no doubt will live up to my expectations. Because it has to. I paid almost $100 for it.
Thinking about this made me realize something about how I live my life–it’s totally wrong. Read the rest of this entry »