Last Tuesday I was invited to see Misery, the new stage adaptation of the film by the same name, starring Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf. I’ve seen Laurie Metcalf onstage a couple of times and she’s always great. I wasn’t sure about Bruce though. Could he really act? No one could be sure.

For those who aren’t familiar with the film: it’s about a writer who’s “saved” from a car accident in a remote town in the mountains by the person who claims to be his number one fan. She doesn’t like the ending to his latest “Misery” book and demands he writes another book and she’s not letting him go until he does.

There are great prosthetics and excellent lighting and helpful scoring playing in the background. It never becomes quite as thrilling or scary as I assume the film does, but it does the trick. 

Metcalf is perfect and carries the show, as I’m told her character does in the movie too, and Willis does his damnedest with the material he’s given (which is not much as he is in a bed or wheel chair most of the time, but he has his moments). Leon Addison Brown plays the cop who comes by from time to time to ask if Metcalf has seen anything and he did his job well. 

Misery is one play that will make you far from miserable. 

Giveaway alert!

Currently playing at the the Little Shubert Theater in Hell’s Kitchen is a hilarious new comedy about love and healthcare, Under My Skin. The hilarious and lovely Kerry Butler stars in this musical along with film and TV actor Matt Walton. 

Under My Skin takes the dashing CEO of America’s leading healthcare provided, a single mom from Staten Island, and an outrageous twist of faith to make this hilarious new comedy. 

That Girl Allison wants to give you the chance to win a pair of tickets now! Just reblog, like, or tweet a link to this post to enter. Winner will be announced on Monday!

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Hey there everyone… theatre nerds, Martin McDonaugh savants, Harry Potter fans… 

TODAY IS THE DAY! Reblog this post, follow me, and tweet about this post and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to see Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple of Inishmaan

The winner will be notified on March 17th!

Once upon a time I was a senior in high school and I had to chose a student-written script to direct for our annual winter Student-Written One Acts (we did 8 shows a year at my high school – it was pretty awesome).  I read through several scripts and knew immediately the one that I wanted to work on when I read it.  

It was titled The Last Page and it was written by junior named Christine, whom I was lucky enough to know already.  It was about five friends who, although they’d grown apart in high school, were reunited when the core member of the group passes away unexpectedly.  It was extremely well written and I loved it.  Though I had no idea how to direct a show (even after having taken the directing class the year before), with the help of my cast, it turned out fantastically.  

Well, one of my former cast members, James Doheny (pictured above, left, with his co-producer), has re-written the script (with permission from Christine) for a film version and is trying to raise funds on Kick Starter.  

Their goal is $3000 in the next two weeks and every dollar helps.  If you have any amount you can give, click here.