November- the leaves have mostly fallen and although pumpkin is still in-season, the weather is getting chillier and we’re looking toward Thanksgiving. Here are my theater experiences from November!
My official Playbill show for November was the play Love Love Love through the Roundabout. This was in their Off-Broadway theater, the Laura Pels Theater. It’s a smaller house, which lends itself to more intimacy. I saw The Robber Bridegroom at this theater back in April.
This was an interesting take on family and relationships. There are three acts, each showing the same family in a different time period. The first is in the mid-1960s, and shows a couple meeting. The second is in the 1980s and shows the same couple, now a family with kids, but there is a general sense of dysfunction. The final act takes place in more or less present day and shows just how far this family has spiraled. It was definitely a think piece. It was very well-done, and I’m glad I saw it, but I’m not sure if I enjoyed it.
The first weekend brought me back to Feinstein’s/54 Below for the “Newsboys Variety Show” starring the touring cast of my fave: Newsies. I had been at another event earlier that weekend and shot out of there just as it was ending, just in time to get home, park, and hop on a bus. This was the third show I’d seen at this venue and the third area of seating I was in. For the Hair concert in July, I was at a regular table in the main dining room. I splurged for the “Newsboys of New York Reunite” show and got a “ringside” (front row) seat. However, for this show, I was at the bar rail. I’m not sure there’s a bad seat in the whole place, and this was no exception. I loved being right by the bar (where all the talent hung out when not on stage). They all hung around for a while after and I grabbed selfies with many of them. If not inside, then outside after the show. I even met Jack Feldman (lyricist) and got him to sign my Newsies book! I was thrilled to meet him, even more than the actors.
Coming up in December: More Adam, more Roundabout, and Sutton!