The drama is not dead but liveth, and contains the germs of better things.
I probably have told you before that one of the things I have learned to enjoy since my retirement has been live theatre. In my city we have many opportunities to see fine performances in everything from local amateur productions to full blown Broadway touring companies. In fact there are live plays and musicals being presented in communities of all sizes all over my country.
In the past two weeks I saw a production of Little Women – the musical, offered by the longest running community theatre company in America and was surprised to be thoroughly entertained by a show I had known nothing about; Next I saw South Pacific at a midweek performance at our Beef and Boards dinner theatre which provides top theatrical professional talent presenting year around performances of some of the great musical comedies of all time. That was followed by attending a great presentation of the Fantastiks at the Actors Theatre of Indiana, an organization founded by three highly talented New York actors and as usual I loved their show.
Yep theatre is alive and well in my city and it enriches my life. If you are ever in the neighborhood stp by you will be glad you did, if you’re not nearby there is always something to see where you are. Here are selections from an article written by Chicago author Kim Z Dale a few years ago that I hope motivates you to go see a show.
How to Enjoy Theatre
In a world where we are doing more and more interacting via screens it is refreshing to occasionally share an experience in the presence of other human beings. Sure, live tweeting a TV show is one way to enjoy entertainment with a crowd, but there is no substitute for being in the same room as your fellow audience members while performers put on a show right before your eyes. That is, I like live theatre.
A lot of people don’t go to theatre and may even claim they don’t like it. Theatre is just a form of entertainment like television or movies. Just like television and movies the content of theatre varies widely in tone and style. There is some theatre to appeal to every taste.
I blame high school for why so many adults have no interest in theatre. Many people still associate theatre with being forced to read Shakespeare in English class or with the antisocial behavior of the “drama geeks.” Unfortunately, neither iambic pentameter nor angst ridden teenagers are the best ambassadors for this exciting art form. If your view of theatre has been tainted by such memories, please give it another chance.
Others avoid theatre because it is unfamiliar, and they don’t know how to know what to see. Or they think they can’t afford it. Or theatre just seems so foreign a concept that they don’t know what to expect. If that you fall into one of those categories I’ve made this list to help you. Some people spell it “theatre” while others spell it “theater.”
- Don’t think too hard about it. Go see a play. Seriously, it’s the best way to know whether you like it.
- If you normally see musicals try out a “straight” play for once. If you normally don’t go to the theatre just go.
- How should you pick a show? Ask for recommendations from a theatre loving friend (if you have one). Ideally ask someone who has similar tastes in other forms of entertainment.
- Take a chance. If a poster catches your eye or you notice a theatre in your neighborhood, be adventurous and just go.
- Consider smaller theatres. Typically the bigger the theatre (both in name and size), the bigger the ticket price. Neighborhood, non-equity theatres are generally more affordable than their nationally acclaimed counterparts.
Enjoy the show!
Movies will make you famous; Television will make you rich; But theatre will make you good.
A new convert to Catholicism decided to go to confession to deal with his transgression. In the confessional, he told the priest that he had sinned. “What was your sin, my son?” asked the priest. “I stole some lumber, Father,” replied the man. “How much lumber did you steal?” asked the priest. “Father, I built my German Shepherd dog a nice new doghouse.” The priest replied, “Well, that’s not so bad.” The man continued, “Father, I also built myself a 4-car garage.” “Well, now, that’s a little more serious.” “Father, there’s more. In addition to the doghouse, the 4-car garage, I also built a 5 bedroom, 4 bath house!”
With a pause, the priest finally spoke. “That is a little more serious. I’m afraid you’ll have to make a novena.”
“Father, I’m not sure what a ‘novena’ is, but if you’ve got the blueprints, I’ve got the lumber!”
“Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the universe are pointed away from Earth?”
This guy called up his lawyer to tell him he was filing for divorce, and the lawyer inquired as to the grounds for the suit. “I’ve got grounds, all right,” sputtered the irate husband. “Can you believe my wife told me I’m a lousy lover?”
“That’s why you’re suing?” pursued his lawyer.
“Of course not. I’m suing because she knows the difference.”
Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age.
During a practical exercise at a military police base, the instructor was giving the class instruction in unarmed self-defense. After he presented a number of different situations in which they might find themselves, he asked a student, “What steps would you take if someone were coming at you with a big, sharp knife?”
The student replied. “BIG ones.”
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.
Congratulating a friend after her son and daughter got married within a month of each other, a woman asked, “What kind of boy did your daughter marry?”
“Oh, he’s wonderful,” gushed the mother. “He lets her sleep late, wants her to go to the beauty parlor regularly, and insists on taking her out to dinner every night.”
“That’s nice,” said the woman. “What about your son?”
“I’m not so happy about that,” the mother sighed. “His wife sleeps late, spends all her time in the beauty parlor, and makes them eat take-out meals!”
I NEED SOMEBODY BAD… ARE YOU BAD?
A woman walks in a store to return a pair of eye glasses that she had purchased for her husband a week before. “What seems to be the problem, madam?”
“I’m returning these glasses I bought for my husband. He’s still not seeing things my way.”
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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