“According to Richman, it was just now hitting him how many hours of his life he’s pissed away listening intently to nonsense about celebrity couples, how good or bad certain pens are, and why a particular sports team might have a chance this year. The husband and father of two said that every time he’s felt at all put out or bored by a bullshit conversation—especially a speculative one about how bad allergy season was going to be—he should have just turned around, walked away, and gone rafting or repelling or done any of the millions of other things he’s always wanted to do but never thought he had time for.”—Open-Minded Man Grimly Realizes How Much Life He’s Wasted Listening To Bullshit | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source
So I saw The Fantasticks the other day. Yes, at the Jerry Orbach Theater within the Snapple Theater Center. (And yes, they did sell a wide variety of Snapple products at the “bar”.)
I had never seen a production of The Fantasticks before, though I’ve naturally given the original cast recording it’s due.
From the minute the production starts you, the audience, find yourself transported to a quainter, milder time, but in a way that is totally genuine and honest. The production is unamplified in every sense of the word, but full and rich.
I tried to find a YouTube clip of an amature production to post here, and there is certainly an abundance out there. But none seemed capable of capturing the very specific quietness and sincerity of the production I saw. It really is remarkable how fresh they’ve kept the show, considering it’s 50+ year run and move to a theater “complex” named after a brand of liquid high fructose corn syrup. But if the show itself is old fashioned and twee, it retains it’s charm by mainting it’s authenticity.
The cast was generally fine, but special commendation should be given to the Luisa of Juliette Trafton—specifically her incredibly sensitive and pitch-perfect delivery of the role’s monolgoues.
Here’s a picture of Liza in the show (I believe on a tour), just because.
“In the 1998 Oscars, I found myself in the bathroom in a stall, next to Tom Selleck. So I leaned over and I said ‘looks like we’re a couple of peeing Toms.’ His angry silence is something I’ll never forget.”—Tom Hanks (via dinnerinthedarkroom)