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28 June 2008 @ 06:08 am
The Who's Tommy & Dog Sees God  
My apologies for not mentioning these two AMAZING shows sooner, the excitement of Kevin's news, the NYC trip planning, and trying to coordinate my impulsive trip plans with BIG boss and work have been taking up most of my time the past few days.

While I was in LA, I saw two INCREDIBLE shows...

The Who's Tommy

On Sunday afternoon, I drove to the Ricardo Montalban Theatre to see Brian Purcell's new show - The Who's Tommy. I'd worked with Brian a lot in the past year creating the website for his last show - the benefit Chess concert at the Ford so I definitely wanted to come out to support his latest show.

What made this show so different (and AMAZING) was that on each seat, there was a headphone set for the audience member to wear. The entire show's sound was funneled through the headphones - the idea being that Tommy (who, after witnessing a traumatic event as a child - regresses within himself and tunes out the world around him) the headphones give the audience a sense of being inside Tommy's head. It was SUCH an interesting concept and a really interesting way to watch the show. There was ambient sound for the show as well, and alternately the audience could choose NOT to wear the headphones as well.

I liked the daring way Brian staged this - his casting was incredible - as always (he cast Kevin in Chess after all...) Aleks Pevec was a great Tommy - I'd never seen him before but due to the work that I've done on the VMT website and dealing with his headshot and bio so much, it really feels like I have. :) Alice Ripley was great, and Tom Schmidt was wonderful as always (and remembers meeting me at I Do, I Do as Julie's friend).

One of the best parts of the day was FINALLY getting to meet Brian! After months of working with him and emailing and calling him, meeting him in person was an EXTREMELY wonderful moment for me! :) We spoke a bit and he said that he'd be in touch - he might have possible business opportunities in the future for me - YAY!!

Dog Sees God

That night I headed to Hudson Backstage to see Nick's new show Dog Sees God. What I love so much about all of Nick's shows (and I try to see as many of them as I can...) is that because he's SUCH an amazing storyteller, his shows just have SOOO much heart - they deeply affect the audience and he definitely brings out the best performances in all the actors.

Dog Sees God is an amazing piece to begin with. A parody of Charlie Brown, the story focuses on a group of teenage (Peanuts-like characters) who have more grown up problems to deal with than a kite getting stuck in a tree. The play itself is well written, hilarious, and touching, but add to that the great performances of the cast, and Nick's BEAUTIFUL direction and it becomes phenomenal.

During the performance that I attended, the sound system crashed a few minutes before showtime so the first act began completely with no sound... I have to say that it almost didn't need it - it was so engaging. The performances, especially by Joe Porter who played CB were just incredible!

One of the best parts of the evening, though was getting to see Nick after the show! I ADORE him and his talent is absolutely mind-boggling! I would fly out to see anything he directed... We spoke for a bit about some mutual friends, my adoration of his talent, and letting him know that I'd be back to see the show. "Good! You can see it with sound next time!" He told me. :) I LOVE HIM!!

It was SUCH an incredible theatre weekend! As a whole, one of the best LA trips I think I've ever had!! :) Thanks so much to everyone who's had to put up with my theatre and Emmy babbles this past week. HUGS!!
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Markmarkbuster on June 28th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
As a concept, I can imagine it. But isn't the point of Theater (as opposed to film) the group experience?
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 29th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
I totally agree with you about this! One of the things I adore most about live theatre is that ability to be able to connect with others in the audience. Watching "Tommy" with the headphones on was an amazing experience, and it was a little surreal... It felt VERY isolated, but I'm thinking Brian might've wanted to have the audience experience that isolated feeling that Tommy felt... I agree though, the total "theatre" experience was lost with the headphones, but it was certainly a different and interesting way to watch a show. :)
Markmarkbuster on June 29th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
Very smart of him, because it does push you to feel that utter isolation.
Maybe if they only worked for the first act or something.. I don't see many live shows, but when I do, or go to comedy or something, it really is hearing other people laugh, or whatever that makes me feel like 'something is happening' as opposed to "I am watching something happen", like when you watch a TV. :) Have you ever performed? Did I ever tell you that my partner was with the SF Ballet 350 years ago when we were in our 20's? It was great for me, for a million reasons, but I got to see almost anything for free.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on July 1st, 2008 05:28 am (UTC)
I've never performed before - I've always said that the reason I love theatre so much is because I admire people who excel at something I could never do. :) And I never knew that about your partner!! That's AMAZING!! I would've loved to have seen him perform!!
Sabinesabine10 on June 29th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
I'm happy to hear that you had such a wonderful time in LA. I avoided the computer at home because of a sty in my right eye (today evening it finally seems to be better) so I only got it right now to catch up with your posts and, as always, I really enjoyed to hear about your theater experiences. Thanks for sharing! :) I hope you are having a nice weekend! Big hugs to you, Sheri!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on July 1st, 2008 05:29 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about your eye, Sabine!! I hope you feel better soon!! Thanks for reading through my theatre babble, Sabine!! :D HUGS!!