I forgot to mention that we went to see Detroit at Playwrights Horizons Theater. It doesn’t actually open officially until tomorrow so it’s probably not fair to say that it really isn’t worth going to see. The buzz was that it did so well in previews they were going to bring it to Broadway. It opened Off-Broadway with the following cast: Amy Ryan, David Schwimmer, Darren Pettie, Sarah Sokolovic, and John Cullum. Detroit is about the relationship between two couples who are new neighbors and I think is supposed to be a comedy. Other than Darren Pettie, the cast is a waste and the play a tad lame. A good friend of ours couldn’t join us because she caught a bug….this would not have helped her in any way. It had a running time of 100 minutes with no intermissions [afraid to let the audience escape?].
My husband and I were lucky enough to get free tickets to see Cirque du Soleil‘s Zarkana. Zarkana is a touring arena show that is playing in Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Our tickets were dead center aisle seats in the fourth row! Awesome.
The show basically transforms Radio City Music Hall into a Big Top circus, complete with two silly [and not terribly funny] clowns who keep the audience entertained while the sets are changed. The one bit they did well was when they pulled a young woman from the audience and did some schtick with her. She was a very good sport. 🙂 The Backstage.com review describes it as:
The essential story is the same: Zark the magician (Paul Bisson) searches for his love in the bowels of an old theater inhabited by a mischievous group of swamis, escaped prisoners, ballerinas, French soldiers, mad scientists, and misfits. He meets with exotic women creatures (all played by Meetu Chilana). In between, acrobats and aerialists perform Cirque’s trademark death-defying feats of skill, including the aptly named Wheel of Death.
I had a terrific time – there were a couple of fumbles by the aerialists but overall they were superb. I actually had my hands over my mouth as I watched some of the acts. I think I was more impressed than the 10-year old boy sitting in front of me. [What the heck does it take to impress kids these days, anyway? I think they compare live theater to computer generated images…]