I feel into this play and didn't wanna come out. It was three acts, probably because of the beautiful music and spirituals woven into the script. But honestly, I was so caught up in the story that when I looked at my watch I couldn't believe that I had been in the theater that long, (and I am a figety person.) Attending a lot of Pittsburgh-area shows, I don't feel that every production I see has to be heady. Sometimes I need a night of 'simplistic, endearing theatre,' which this story provided to me in a charming and heartfelt manner. I saw it on one of the first nights, and I can only imagine it getting better with each performance. I had a chance to speak with the director and his passion for presenting the story was energizing. He made it clear to me that the lesson for me was about to unfold. Throughout the night I had my own, personal, revival. I felt motherly over these characters and my heart went out to each of them, with their own unique struggle....and it made me think....and maybe sometimes to really enjoy the beauty of a story, you don't have to think alot...or in technical/technicolor...ya just have to think.
Oh Fringe, thank you for taking me through the back-channels of the city I love, walking from venue to venue, sometimes through the pouring rain. Discovering exciting, unpredictable, ya-get-what-ya get theatre and visiting galleries and eateries and meeting awesome people along the way.
The four shows I saw (for about the price of a movie ticket) were quirky, funny and thought-provoking. I ended up buying an album from one of the shows. I don't even own a turntable, but the music was awesome. I even had one of those moments in theatre that I love....when the "what am I doing here?" turns into the "where are the tissues, this was amazing!"
I visited a total of three different venues, both indoor and out and would have seen more if my schedule had permitted. I felt as my own physical journey from show to show was part of the experience: challenging, energizing and fun. I am thankful to all involved for finally bringing the Fringe to Pittsburgh. To have our own festival of this nature, without having to travel to New York or Philly, is something many of us have been waiting for.
I have my rain-soaked, pen-starred program book as a keepsake I will treasure. And I am so ready to set out tomorrow and do it all again!
I wanted to wait to comment on Scarcity until I actually saw it, which i did this evening. The show is beautifully crafted and acted. I want to commend everyone involved with this show. I really thought it would be hard to swallow. And there are some very intense moments. But the real-ness of these characters that were portrayed so thoughtfully by each and every actor in the show is worth it's weight in gold.
I also looked around the audience and saw so many people leaning forward, chin in hand, focused on what was being unveiled before us. We all may not have been exposed to this type of family but we all are familiar with it. The mother looking for a better life for her children no matter what the price or sacrifice, the strong bond between a brother and sister caught in a life not of their making. this family is relatable.
So what i was anticipating as being a night of watching an awful, awful reality based drama, ended up being a night of witnessing struggle, and what we all, in dire circumstance do to survive.
Do yourself a favor, it will be worth your time, and the two hours will fly by before you know it!
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