The Realistic Joneses: Final Dress Rehearsal Pass Give-Away!

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So, as you may or may not have read recently, the cast of The Realistic Joneses had their ’greet the press day’ last week. Starring Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, and Marisa Tomei, previews will begin on March 13th. Did I mention its being directed by Sam Gold? Yeah, he’s kind of awesome. The show is “an outrageous, inside look at the people who live next door, the truths we think we know and the secrets we never imagined we all might share.”

I’ve teamed up with the fantastic folks at The Realistic Joneses to give you guys the opportunity to win two passes not to see a performance, but the final dress rehearsal. For those not in the industry, the final dress rehearsal is always the night before previews begin (usually) and is “invite only” for producers, writers, friends of the cast, etc. 

Well, now one of you guys can go too! As you could probably guess, the invited dress is at the Lyceum Theatre on March 12th. So, if you’re around that night, you could be one of the lucky ones to go and check this show out before anyone else.

To win: All you have to do is follow my blog and reblog this post, OR tweet this post and why you should win.

Winners will be chosen via a random name generator on March 8th. Good luck!

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, part deux.

You know you’ve been seeing theatre for a long time when you start seeing multiple revivals of shows on Broadway. Today was Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee. One of my favorite American plays, without a doubt. Below is a photo of the page in my scrapbook in 2005 when I saw Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin in that revival. 

I studied …Virginia Woolf? in multiple classes in college and seeing it onstage was and is incredible. There are hardly words to describe it. I had mixed feelings about seeing it again this time around. The last time I’d seen it, Kathleen Turner was Martha… and how could you possibly top that? Well, as it turns out, you can’t, but you can have a 100% excellent production regardless of whether or not Turner is available. 

This 3+ hour play that spans three acts is confusing, amusing, and will shake you to your core (especially the third act). Tracy Letts and Amy Morton, as George and Martha respectively, give it their all and are obviously solid in their craft. They go at it like an old couple that has grown to resent one another, and amuse and scare the audience simultaneously.  Carrie Coon and Madison Dirks, as the unsuspecting victims of the night Honey and Nick, also give believable performances.   

I enjoyed every minute of the performance today and I was speechless leaving the Booth Theatre afterward. If you want to see one of the greatest American plays being performed live with a stellar cast, get thee to the Booth Theatre.