Category Archives: theater

shared.

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on the day before thanksgiving

school was out

 kids had energy to burn

so I borrowed the big car

to round everyone up

and

enjoy an afternoon with

two grandies

 four neighborhood friends

and a lot of smuggled-in candy

while settling into

comfy seats

at the local theater.

one tried pre-filling his Santa hat

to the top with treats

before we left his house

but the group voted and decided

it was unsteady, looked suspicious,

and would quickly reveal our scheme.

it’s all about teaching life skills.

“the magic of film isn’t just because of the big screen,

or the acoustics,

but he ineffable shared experience of going to the movies.”

-fernando perez

next to normal.

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Diana Turner sings her heart out

as the name would imply

this was not your ordinary theater performance

a story told in song

next to normal

is a tale that will touch your every emotion

when a family lets you into their living room and their lives

as they try to navigate their way

through the relentless storms that mental illness can bring

with a story and score that won a pulitzer and numerous Tony awards

I was not be able to turn my eyes or ears away from what was in front of me

with larger than life heartbreaking voices

pouring out their souls

on a tiny stage in this tiny 32-seat theater.

 it was a very potent cocktail.

 

 

“make them laugh, make them cry, and back to laughter.

what do people go to the theatre for?

an emotional exercise.

I am a servant of the people.

I have never forgotten that.”

-mary pickford 

credits: slipstream theater initiative, barbie weisserman, music theater international