When the Curtain Rises
When the curtain goes up, so do my spirits. Does this happen to you, fellow theater-goers? Are you innerved when the stage is unwrapped like a gift or when the stage lights suddenly rise? What's to come may be more treacle than treat, more insufferable than soaring, yet still I arrive at that first moment of a play's opening with palpable anticipation. Most of the time, I'm not disappointed. Live theater is a great escape.
Having just come through a bruising national election when it felt at times like the future of the Enlightenment was at stake, there is nothing like finding refuge and diversion in a darkened theater and its typically too-cramped seats. Theater is one of life's great pleasures and one of the only opportunities a rationalist has to suspend disbelief. Much more than movies, an affecting play or musical can insinuate itself into my thoughts and emotions and reside there like a permanent houseguest, a welcome one.
It has been more than a year since I saw "
I caught "Good People" when it was on
Currently a stirring revival of "1776" is playing at the
This brilliant work by
I've seen hundreds of shows and can't remember looking at a pair of theater tickets and thinking that I'd rather not go. Maybe it's genetic. My parents, both 79 years old this year, use their
Following my parents' lead, I'm a born audience member, always looking forward to the next journey into the creative spirit when the house lights dim.
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