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Other Desert Cities

I really didn’t ever think that I would be blogging about a Broadway show here, on meganshead, but last night I went to see Other Desert Cities, right here at The Booth Theatre in New York, and I can’t help myself. What an unbelievable experience.

Picture this. A theatre not much bigger than Theatre On The Bay. Every single seat full. Our 50% discounted tickets were $66 each. A play that includes Stockard Channing, Stacy Keach and Judith Light in the cast. Judith had won her Tony for this role the night before. Yes. That kind of play.

Other Desert Cities is a family drama, with fraught, complicated relationships, politics, secrets and twists. It is moving, shocking, hilarious, complicated and totally engaging. But, most importantly, it is brilliantly done. Brilliant performers. Brilliant script. Brilliant set and lighting. Brilliant direction.

This is the kind of theatre that makes you need to see a play at least three times a week. It is the kind of theatre that makes you love theatre. It is what theatre can, and should, be.

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3 Comments

  1. ah yay Megan, glad your experience over here has started on such a good foot… enjoy every moment!

  2. Barbara Rubin

    If only one could afford to see a play 3 times a week in NYC. Or even once a month! But yes, I loved it too.

  3. Megan, this makes me envious, jealous and yes, even resentful on so many levels. You describe so well what each and every experience of theatre can and SHOULD be, right here, at home. Unfortunately we are being dragged into a new dark age: the national discourse has been hijacked by a cynical clique determined to cast the arts as an enemy of the people. But these apparatchiks will not sink us! We should seize upon such beacons of inspiration as you describe and summon the courage to contest the role assigned us by uncaring politicians, disinterested corporate bigwigs and other sleazy scavengers.Whoops! Did I just blurt this out loud? Anyway, just saying.

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