As those of you who’ve attended our current production of Seminar know, 2nd Story has returned to its roots: We’re back to our original in-the-round configuration.
I’d forgotten how much I like it. And how intimate, immediate, and profoundly simple theatre can be.
In fact, I am so inspired by the jolt of energy it has brought to our audience and company, I’ve decided to leave it as-is for a while.
And that creates a couple of problems, as well as opportunities.
Because the last two shows of the UpStage season, The Ladies Man and Time of My Life, were chosen for proscenium and are not well-suited to in-the-round staging, I had to make some changes.
In place of Ladies Man, we’ll stage Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities, a terrific play for our company, our audience, and especially, our new configuration. The up-close-and-personal, in-your-lap experience of the round will ratchet up and enhance your enjoyment of this superbly crafted, critically acclaimed recent Broadway hit.
After that, we’ll be jettisoning Time of My Life and replacing it with one of my all time favorites, Entertaining Mr. Sloane. This deliciously kinky, delightfully perverse black comedy will shock, intrigue, disturb, and ultimately, entertain. Again, the new configuration will bring this molotov cocktail of a play to incendiary life. Truly exciting stuff!!!
I promise both of these plays, each for very different reasons, will spark lively post-show, car-ride-home confabs.
And it’s been a great season for that so far.
Wouldn’t you agree?