I've seen some outdoor pop up recently, but I haven't gotten an email blast, or seen banner ads or flyer-guys for this one.
Probably because this show doesn't have to do heavy pre-opening advertising. . . because it's at Lincoln Center, and the first chunk of this run is going to be mostly filled up with subscribers. It's nice to be a successful non-profit.
But I still know I want to go.
The show I want to see this week is . . .
And you know what's weird? I've seen it already.
It's rare that a show can get an audience back to see it again. Especially at $125 a pop.
It's especially rare for that show to be a play. How many plays have you wanted to see again?
So what was it about the experience I had at The National Theater that makes me want to see War Horse again?
Sure, it was the spectacle of the "puppets" (which I think is the wrong word for what is on that stage), and the imaginative staging . . .
But what really got me was . . .
Somewhere, right now, my step-brother wants to punch me in the arm for being a sissy, but I couldn't help it. The show reached deep inside and pulled the strings on my emotions like I was the puppet . . . and the next thing you know, I could have watered a small garden with what was coming out of my eyeballs.
Luckily, for my macho-ego, I wasn't alone. Just about the entire orchestra had sniffly noses and leaky eyes at the end of the performance I saw.
And these tears aren't like the tears one feels at the end of relationship, or after the loss of a family member. These tears are cathartically enjoyable. You've surrendered to the story. And it feels good.
So good, that you're willing to go back . . . and cry all over again.
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