Greetings Theater Lovers,
This month I only saw one play, Doug
Stones’ Sealed for Freshness (sealedforfreshness.com).
Freshness was playing at the wonderful
New World Stages, a venue that all theater lovers
But first Sealed for Freshness. Here is
a quote from their press release: “The play
tells the story of five mid-western women who believe
in being good wives, good mothers and good neighbors.
They were raised to trade their dreams, hopes and
desires for social norms . . . and now they want
them back. These hermetically sealed, airtight lives
unravel during a sidesplitting Tupperware party
gone awry. The women of Sealed for Freshness are
struggling with lost youth, missed opportunities,
and deviled egg containers. In other words, they're
the original "Desperate Housewives."
Sealed has been pretty much pilloried
by critics for its stereotypical characters and
its bathroom humor (flatulence, impotence, etc.
etc). And the play did sport some pretty juvenile
jokes. But the audience was filled with women who
were laughing hysterically; they were having a lot
of fun and stereotypical or not, the story resonated
with them. And I bet most of them own some Tupperware.
So if you study theater and see a lot of theater,
sometimes you just know too much and end up with
a true “forest for the trees problem”
and say a show is bad just because you did not like
Now back to New World Stages (newworldstages.com
- 340 West 50th Street). If you have not attended
a play there, you definitely should. It is a huge
cavernous space (it used to be a movie multiplex)
with a futuristic feel. The owners have filled it
with pieces of pop art and many of the shows have
a pop art feel. There is also a very hip lobby bar
(with a new partition to make it more intimate).
New World Stages should be on everyone’s list
of fun places to take their out-of-town company.
And they have their act down; you can preorder your
intermission drinks from one of two lobby bars and
as you walk out for intermission, "cigarette
girls" greet you holding trays filled with
bottled water, ice cream and candy.
Bill W. and Dr. Bob
Also playing at New York Stages are Bill W.
and Dr. Bob, the story of the (according to
the press release) “relationship between Bill
Wilson, a failed stockbroker, and Dr. Bob Smith,
a surgeon, during the early days of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Now that is a show that has a built-in audience.
And The Gazillion Bubble Show
(according to the press release), “Take the
journey of a lifetime and step into the "unbubblelievable"
magical kingdom of Fan Yang in The Gazillion Bubble
Show! The first and only, interactive stage production
of its kind, complete with fantastic light effects,
lasers, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble
artistry, this unforgettable extravaganza is not
to be missed.” http://www.bubbleart.com/GBS-1.htm
And Altar Boyz, (according to the press
release), “A new musical comedy and critically-acclaimed
hit of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, is
the hilarious account of a struggling Christian
boy-band (with one nice Jewish boy) looking for
their big break in the Big Apple.” altarboyz.com
And Naked Boys Singing (also according
to their press release), “The Off-Broadway
hit sensation, Naked Boys Singing features
eight gentlemen displaying more than their considerable
talent in this musical revue. An original score
of 16 songs is performed by an attractive cast of
"costume-free" men.” nakedboyssinging.com
Tickets to all New World Stages shows are available
Order Tickets By Phone: 212-239-6200 & 800-432-7250