The hotel that I'm staying in this time is a different one from where I normally stay. It's... much nicer. It's right near the Van Nuys airport and I found it through Priceline. :) The beds are SOOOO comfortable - which is a good and bad thing... It feels like I'm sleeping in a HUGE marshmellow! The bad part, of course, is that I've been very unproductive since I got here and all I want to do is sleep. ;)
Last night I went to the Mark Taper Forum to see Distracted - a straight play about a family who deals with a nine year old son who is diagnosed with ADHD. Rita Wilson (who I've really only seen in "Sleepless in Seattle") was incredible as the mother and central character in the show. Bronson Pinchot (who I love in "It's My Party" - that independent film that I adore) was hilarious as the multitude of different doctors, therapists, and consultants that he had to portray. The only other person I recognized was a much more grown up Emma Hunton - who I remember from Les Mis.
The show itself was interesting and ended up giving a rather bold message about ADHD... that medication may not be the answer for every child and that perhaps what we refer to as a "disorder" is what, in the past, has allowed us some of the greatest free thinkers in history to do and create wonderful things... It was certainly a thought-provoking show and it was uniquely staged - in that the supporting roles were all alternately played by the supporting cast, who, in a "breaking the 4th wall" kind of way, knew and were asked if they could play these parts and were spoken to out of character from time to time. Another unique element was that we, the audience, never get to see the central character - (the nine year old Jesse) until the end of the show. All we know of him is what others say and what we can hear of him yelling down from his room.
I'm really glad that I ended up seeing this show. It was very thought-provoking and if nothing else, it certainly gave me a new perspective to ADHD and those who have to deal with it first hand. If you're in the LA area, I highly recommend it.
Today I'm heading out to do some shopping (YAY!!!) and then it's off to Culver City for my first showing of "Sleeping Beauty Wakes". I can't wait!
Before I end this, I wanted to send warm birthday wishes out to my favorite set of twins! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, careleswhisper and karmastyx!!! Hope your birthday is fabulous!!!
Hope you all have a lovely Friday!