Tuesday, October 5, 2010
A Life in the Theatre
The play unfolds in a series of vignettes - on stage, backstage, after a show, and rehearsing for a show. Some quick, some longer. Some funny, some sad, yet others - just a slice of life. I lost count after about 20 of them, but i soon realized it's not the number of them that mattered - just that from each and every one of them we learned something, laughed at something, or just felt that warm feeling inside that can only come from doing what one loves. By the end of the show, we learn that while it's good to have a mentor and a hero, at some point we all need to evolve and grow. As in life, just as our heroes are fading, we are sometimes lucky enough to learn we, ourselves, have become one to someone else. Kudos to director Neil Pepe who so cleverly included the backstage crew so prominently on stage - after all, what would the actors be without props, lighting and scenery anyway?
A good friend of mine always reminds me - Love what you do. Do what you love. David Mamet certainly remind us of that in this little gem on stage at the Shoenfeld Theatre running thru January.