What I wore: James jeans, black suede Puma sneakers, black Brooks Brothers no-iron cotton blouse, black Zara cardigan with self-tie that I've had for ages and is the only item I've ever bought from Zara that didn't fall apart after one wearing; 90s scarf from my mother, who died 12 years and a couple of days ago; tan Barbour jacket.
|Two Trinity Kumquat Saisons|
What I did beforehand: stared in silence as I saw Joe Tippet and Theo Stockman on their way to their respective theaters; went to the crowded mall that is Chelsea Market for a sandwich, and may or may not have actually seen Ira Glass; waited for the show and had two Trinity Kumquat Saisons at a place called Cooper's while we took the place of the most famous people in the back bar; noticed that some young people of legal drinking age appear not to be old enough to hold job.
That thing where you're having so much fun you don't even bother to retake the blurry selfie pic.twitter.com/zVdd1FWamr— Hamster d'Relish (@hamsterRelish) April 16, 2016
Who went with me: my good friend W., who should continue to come see a play with me once a month.
Our giggling may be making those seated around us somewhat concerned— Hamster d'Relish (@hamsterRelish) April 14, 2016
How I got tickets: online, full-price
That thing where @CoreyPandolph lines up behind you at the theater and you whip around going "who IS that?"— Hamster d'Relish (@hamsterRelish) April 14, 2016
Why I saw this show: because it was written by Kenneth Lonergan
Where I sat: Row G, seat 11
Things that were sad: though billed as a comedy, this play is filled with bittersweet moments about mid-life ennui, about the decline of the American middle class, about grief and mourning, about overcoming the loss of a less-than-perfect parent, and about bad decisions.
Things that were funny: Lonergan's writing has the kind of humor that isn't so much about laying down the rhythm track of peals of audience laughter as it is about teasing out a ballad of muffled guffaws.
Things that were not funny: a guitar is injured in the performance.
What it is: a well-crafted and satisfying funny play, in two acts, with a fifteen minute intermission.
Who should see it: fans of hearing brilliant dialog and reasonably accurate Missouri and Tennessee accents.
What I saw on the way home: the uptown E was waiting for us, doors open.