Wednesday, December 8, 2010

After Dark

I did something out of the ordinary tonight.

I went to a play.

Don't ask me why that's so unusual. I don't know. A few years ago, I might have had an answer for you. Now that I'm older and wiser, I know enough to know I just don't know.

But I enjoyed myself.

I treated myself to a gooey, romantic comedy with a happy ending. Nothing like the kind of stuff I'm known for doing, that's for sure. This was all boy meets boy, boy loses boy, boy gets boy. (Yeah, boys. This is a downtown show, people.) No sordid, bloody homicide(s) anywhere in or near the plot.

It was all:
I could be happy with you
If you could be happy with me
I'd be contented to live anywhere
What would I care
As long as you were there?
... And so on, and so on.

It was presented and performed by these friends of mine (don't look at me like that, I bought my ticket), Jeff Mallon and Trenton Ryan Perez. A third friend, William Powell, (no, not that William Powell, this one) directed it. He also designed and built the set - a really good set (I'll be calling on him in the future - you can't get away with a bare stage all the time).

The play is called After Dark - A Romantic Comedy, and it was written by Steve Kluger. It's not the kind of production that's probably going to get a lot of press, but it's funny and sad and happy and Christmas-y.

It's running at the Shadowbox Theatre. Tickets are eighteen dollars at the door, fifteen dollars if you buy them online.

And Trenton cleans up really well ...

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