Something I’ve Been Meaning to Do

For ages, I’ve been threatening to do theater reviews. It’s always seemed like a good idea. Being in New York and liking going to see plays anyway, it seems like a no-brainer. I just have to make a little bit more of a concerted effort to see plays as close to opening night as possible. So, with that in mind, I just bought two tickets to see “Amazing Grace.” I haven’t informed my sister yet. Now that was a bit of an eccentric choice for an atheist blogger, wasn’t it? I chose it because it’s in previews and opening soon, but in retrospect it’s a bit odd now. It’s about the man who wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace.”

  1. Look forward to reading your review. I love that song, BTW. Just because I’m an atheist doesn’t mean I don’t have a huge sweet tooth for sentimental songs. 🙂

    • fojap said:

      It’s a great song and the guy does seem to have an interesting story. He was a slave trader who got religion and became an abolitionist. It’s coming here from Chicago, btw. Trying to not read too much about it. I think it’s good to see something without very firm expectations. In an ideal world, I’d do movie reviews by seeing a movie, following it up with research and then seeing it again. Of course, that’s way too awkward for the theater. I have a strange romantic attachment to the old notion where actors would stay up after opening night (drinking) and get the early editions of the paper to see if they would be working the next week. A major reviewer could make or break a show. Disney hadn’t yet discovered that the entire world could be a theme park. Newspapers still had early editions and everybody read the paper.

      That world still existed when I was a young adult. We went to Barrymore’s after work. (Lost City: Barrymore’s, As It Was) It was a big hangout for the backstage people. It was weirdly exciting.

      • Looks like my kinda place. I really miss acting in the theater. I should go back to it. I’m old enough and chunky enough now to play all the character roles I love so well. 😉 I do believe “Amazing Grace” got positive reviews from critics here.

      • fojap said:

        I went to a performing arts high school. It was mainly to avoid the social ostracism and bullying in an earlier school. I’m a pretty good actress, but I don’t really like being on stage. Everything could close after the dress rehearsal and I’d be happy. I like working backstage, though. I’m a good stage manager and have a great memory for lines, so I’ve been pressed into service in emergencies.

  2. gocharliego4 said:

    Can’t wait to go!! 🙂

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