I’d heard The Other Place, part of MTC’s current season, was good, and I’d heard Laurie Metcalf was even better. I’d seen Metcalf onstage before and she’d always killed it so I took advantage of a recent opportunity to see The Other Place last Saturday.

Billed as a psychological 80-minute thriller, I thought it sounded really interesting and the fact that it had no intermission was even better. It was the story of a scientist’s recounting of her descent into dementia and how her daughters running away when she was a teenager had effected her life.

Laurie Metcalf was great. Superb actually. The play itself was good – though quite intense. It was somewhat confusing in the second half trying to figure out what was real and what wasn’t though (or maybe I just missed something!). Maybe that was the playwrights intention though, to make the audience feel as lost and confused as Metcalf’s character did.

Metcalf’s performance is reason enough to catch this production should you have the opportunity. I’m glad I saw it.

(The overexposed photo above is from the post-show talkback with the cast.)

So today I saw “The Other Place” at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel Friedman Theatre (review to come – it was heavy, but I liked it). I chatted very briefly with a middle aged guy who was wearing a hat made out of an entire fox. I ran into him again shortly before the show began and he told me, “In case you ever want to hang out, I want you to have this. I think you’re lovely.”

While his sentiment was nice, he was creepy and this card that he gave me was ridiculous. He obviously does this on a daily basis. So, even though he’s a Scorpio (/insert sarcasm), I will not be contacting him. I thought this was funny though.