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13 March 2010 @ 01:23 am
"The Story of My Life" - Havok Theatre  
Last week Saturday, I was fortunate enough to be able to make it to LA to see the latest Havok Theatre production, "The Story of My Life." This beautiful and touching musical tells the story of two best friends: Alvin Kelby (played exquisitely by Chad Borden) and Thomas Weaver (played with such beauty by Robert J Townsend) whose lives unravel and intertwine in a series of stories.

The show begins with Thomas (who has become a famous writer) trying to write Alvin's eulogy... as successful a writer as he has become, he is unable to come up with the appropriate words to pay tribute to Alvin's life and the friendship that they shared since the first grade. Alvin later appears and advises him to "Write What He Knows" and the show bursts into a montage of stories that allow the audience to understand their friendship, and both their lives.

The individual stories are beautiful and really draw the audience in to the two characters, most notably are "Mrs. Remington" the story of how the two met each other in the first grade, and "The Butterfly" about how sometimes the littlest actions have such huge impact on others in our lives. The show was heartfelt and touching without appearing maudlin or morbid. It seemed to have just the right amount of humor and sensitivity to deal with issues such as death and losing a loved one.

Chad Borden was incredible as Alvin and gave the character a quirkiness so endearing that the audience was immediately attached to him. As I later told Chad, I never cry during sad moments in shows, I tend mostly to cry during touching moments,... so the moment that I was in tears was during the end of "Mrs. Remington" (lyrics HERE if you're interested) - which was the story of how the two met in 1st grade. To my surprise, Chad mentioned that he had the same reaction when he first read the script, but that as he played the role, he had to look at it differently because, to Alvin, this was a happy time for him... it was when he met his best friend - he wouldn't be sad. The song was probably one of the most touching moments of the show and probably one of the most touching moments I'd seen on stage in a long time and the fact that Chad sang the song with such an innocent joy made the song even more poignant.

Another song that totally brought me to tears was "People Carry On" a song Alvin sings about his Mother and how her robe always kept her close to him... There's a line in the song, "I knew my Mother's robe, but somehow I'd forgotten her..." The day that I saw the show, Chad's lip quivered as he sang that line and I completely lost it... because though it had been a while, I thought about my Dad and how we tend to hold on to objects of theirs to feel close to them (after my Dad passed away, I took the tape of his answering machine message from his office...) but how, even those things sometimes are not enough to keep them from fading in your memories... And as I mentioned in an earlier post, in two years my Dad will have been gone from my life as long as he was in it. As time passes, the sad truth is that more of my memories are of times that don't include him than the memories that do. The song and especially that one line hit an extremely familiar chord with me and that, combined with Chad's incredible performance completely brought me to tears.

The performances, as I'd mentioned earlier were just phenomenal. Chad and Robert are just SO talented and Nick, who was one of the main reasons I went to see the show - is just brilliant. The tiny, intimate theatre space of the Lillian was the perfect venue for the show, any place bigger and the intimacy of the piece would probably get lost. There are really not enough great things I can say about the show, it's an extremely beautiful piece that really deserves to be seen.

With that, I'll end this REALLY long post with a photo that was taken that evening. Aside from their amazing portrayals and their incredible talents, Chad and Robert have to be two of the nicest, sweetest people around and spending some time speaking with them after the show was one of the nicest moments of my weekend.


With the incredibly talented Chad Borden & Robert J Townsend!

If you are anywhere in the LA area, I really urge you to see this show.
 
 
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L: Luncheonicyblugurl on March 13th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Wow, sounds like an amazing show. I've even heard of it. :(

And you are always so adorable when you take pictures with the actors! I can't wait to see you in a month <3
Sheri: Nick DeGruccioshutterbug93 on March 14th, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
Thanks, Lyddie for your comment! And it was an amazing show that I think too few people have heard about... It's a beautiful piece, though and really deserves to be seen and produced more. :)

And thanks for your sweet comments! Can't wait to see you in a few weeks! :D ♥
Daniel the California Highway Guycahwyguy on March 13th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was a great show. I'll be reading the lyrics from "The Butterfly" at ixixlix's memorial this afternoon, in fact.
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on March 14th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
Oh my... how fitting. So sorry that the show happened at such an emotional moment for you. :(
Julialucenellapiazza on March 13th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
I saw Story of my Life when it was here for a super short time. I thought the story was really nice and Will Chase and Malcolm Gets were fabulous. I think my one complaint was that all the songs seemed to blend together after a point. Like I remember thinking they were all very pretty but all sounded very similar and I couldn't hum a single tune if you asked me. I really liked the idea of the story though and how it was told; I guess I'm just not a huge fan of John Bucchino haha.
Sheri: Sheri & Nickshutterbug93 on March 14th, 2010 06:32 am (UTC)
Terrific that you got to see "The Story of My Life" in its VERY short life on Broadway. I actually had tickets to the show (and later found it was closing before I'd get to NY...) Have to agree with the songs seeming to blend together after a while, but the story and what it represents is just gorgeous. I loved it, actually and took away a lot more than the need to hum a tune when it was done. :)
Tonydudepower1982 on March 14th, 2010 09:43 am (UTC)
Sheri, we really ought to try to meet up sometime when you guys are in L.A.
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on March 14th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
Definitely, Tony! :)
Michael Corleyclivec on March 15th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I'm not in LA, but I feel like I am with your posts!
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on March 16th, 2010 06:04 am (UTC)
Hey!!! Wow! I've missed you!! Thanks for your comment! :) Hope you're well. :) And I love the new icon photo, BTW! :)