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So, the SCOOP on Garett and the play "Niagara Falls"!!! WAHOO! - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
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So, the SCOOP on Garett and the play "Niagara Falls"!!! WAHOO!
I WENT! Four of us; Marilyn (caarianna aka Arianna, Suzanne aka knitty_woman and Regina, aka magician113 and Merlin) traveled to LA; the Theater of Note, to see Garett in Niagara Falls (and thanks to Regina, I made it, but that's another story). Note to everyone, TS fans or not: if you have ANY chance of being in Los Angeles between now and the end of the play's run; GO! You have until March 28th to see it, so do what you must - sell your first born - and I repeat; GO.

Yes, Garett is in it. Yes, I'm prejudiced, but still, he was MAGNIFICENT. And yes, I believe if you had no idea who he was, you'd agree after seeing his performance as "Bale"; PERIOD. I'm not going to explain the play in case you DO get to see it, because I don't want to spoil it for you (yes, it's that kind of wonderful, stupendous play that has so much more going on than you originally believe, thus yes, spoilers would, indeed, spoil it for you!) but I will explain Garett's character. He plays a 'carny', a guy who works for carnivals doing whatever required. In the play, he's the carny for the Niagara Falls Carnival, and when the time comes for him...all I can say is...WOW WOW WOW. He was funny, brilliant, and the highest compliment possible; after about 30 seconds, I forgot I was watching Garett. And that's saying more than you know, because I was in the front row; the only row actually on stage, and at one point in the scene, "Bale" moves downstage and was literally inches from me. Inches.

I don't think it will be giving anything away to explain that Bale has the job of trying to talk a man out of...burning down the rollercoaster. Why does he want to burn it down? Because his girlfriend has broken up with him and he's burning down everything having to do with her. It sounds heavy, right? Not with Bale in charge. It was pure genius. Funny, serious (in the subject) and down right brilliantly written with the manner in which Bale deals with this man and talks him out of his plan, leaving us laughing and silently clapping (because this play moves too fast to applaud out loud - and no, btw, there's no intermission).

So, the big question you're probably asking: "But how did he LOOK?" Fair question. It's been ages for most of us, right? Close to 20 years since seeing young Blair, if you've not been able to get to any of the charity events. Our guy will be 46 this May, so to answer your question: God, he looks good. I mean...really good. Yes, he's let his hair go naturally gray, but it's curly and beautiful and I know you're really wondering about that, so don't deny it. *G* "But aly, his eyes?" Guys, I can't even begin to describe them other than to say; there's no blue that can adequately define them. I've seen him up close before, sure, but with dark hair. And then, well, come on, the man has beautiful eyes. But now? With that hair? Yowzer. And what that man can do with a bowler hat? WOW (you need to go see the play because I'm not going to explain anything until after the 28th or March; again, the end of the run!).

The play was fun, funny, mysterious, uplifting, and I'd go again in a NY minute except I wouldn't want Garett to think I was stalking him! *G* But truly, I could honestly see that play every night - and that's with the character of Bale not coming on until about half-way through, so it's not just because of Garett, okay? It's truly that good a play. If I were reviewing, I'd have only two nits to pick: Big nit: Either lose the 'Fortune Teller' scene or do a rewrite because as it stands, following Bale and the would-be (and has-been) arsonist, it's the only slow scene in the play. Second nit: a better wig for a certain female character.

The day and evening was great, and being with those three other women lifted it up to level of outstanding. We ate at the famous "Umami Burger" restuarant which is across the street (sort of) from the theater (the girls treated me to a bd dinner, so a major thank you) and the Food Network didn't lie when they offered it up as one of the best burgers (it's actually been showcased a couple of times on the Food Network) around. It was. Then we headed excitedly over to the theater for the play. Oh, and one thing to remember about the theater is that it's a 'black box' theater, which means the 'room' can be anything and the audience can be seated anywhere. Black box refers to not only the fact you're in a small (and mostly black) room, but also the seating is on moveable black 'boxes' that allow the theater to place you anywhere necessary for a play, including "in the round". For "Niagara Falls", we were seated in the typical format except the front row, which as I mentioned, is actually on the 'stage'. The lobby will have snacks (homemade in some cases *g*) for you, but remember, this is a small theater. As in, like, 40 some odd seats? Get the picture? Small But powerful if Niagara Falls is any indication of the talent it presents!

So that's about it, fellow TS fans. Oh, and I wrote this during the Oscars, so it's taken me quite awhile, plus taking time out to cry for the most beautiful memorium the Academy has ever done, which reminded me of the incredible losses this last year brought us in entertainment. It's almost 8 now, it started at 5:30 (on the dot), so has about four more hours to go *snicker*, but I got done what needed to be done, so once again, I say; GO SEE NIAGARA FALLS.
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sallye From: sallye Date: February 23rd, 2015 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Aly! I'd love to see it, but alas there's no way to get there before its done - unless I should win the mega bucks. Wish there could have been a pic. I'd love to see something recent! Thanks for sharing.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: February 23rd, 2015 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)

I wish I could have taken a photo, but

nothing like that was allowed. :( Sorry, babe.
knitty_woman From: knitty_woman Date: February 23rd, 2015 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)
We went the night of the preview - I've read since that the opening night has been delayed until at least next week.

As Aly said, the play was very entertaining, and Garett was excellent. Of course, the company was marvelous, as usual.

What Aly did not mention is that we left after the play was over. Halfway up the block, who should come running up behind us but Garett! He stopped in front of Aly and greeted her and Marilyn, whom he has, of course, met before. He then introduced himself to me and Regina, and apologized for not knowing that we'd planned to attend that night. He had to get back to the theater, since there was post-performance debriefing to do, but he was very generous with his time. I was seriously impressed.

And he does look different with grey hair, but it's thick and wavy and, while not long, is definitely longer than any of the more recent photos I've seen. He seems --- happy and healthy.
kaleecat From: kaleecat Date: February 23rd, 2015 04:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much for adding this! Shows again what a wonderful person Garett is
kaleecat From: kaleecat Date: February 23rd, 2015 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh aly I'm so glad you all got to go & that you had a wonderful time. I love black box theater & look forward to your spoiler filled post because I can't see it myself. Hooray for Garett as well.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: February 24th, 2015 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)

I second the "so glad"

- truly! :) And I won't disappoint with the spoiler post after the play finishes its run. :)
iadorespike From: iadorespike Date: February 23rd, 2015 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like you ladies had a wonderful evening - I'm happy for you. :) It's nice to hear something recent about Garett, too.

Thanks so much!
alyburns From: alyburns Date: February 24th, 2015 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Much welcome

and yes, much fun, and it really was fun seeing Garett afterwards. Like seeing a very old friend after a long time. And so many memories were brought back....
bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: February 23rd, 2015 06:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Looking forward to hearing more after it's finished and you're not bothered by giving spoilers.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: February 24th, 2015 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)

I can always send you a spoiler email *G*

Since we both know it's unlikely to make it to Scotland, right? :(
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 23rd, 2015 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I so, so wish I could get to LA to see him in the play. With that kind of review, the event must have been magnificent all the way around. Michigan is a long way away, but if I hit the megamillions going to the play will be the first thing I do after my happy dance!

Thanks so much to all of you for the details. How lovely of Garret to greet you after the play, too.
storyfan From: storyfan Date: February 23rd, 2015 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Darn, I forgot to log in. That gushing comment was from me.
unbelievable2 From: unbelievable2 Date: February 23rd, 2015 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for his lovely report, Aly, and I am so glad you all bumped into him later, and he was so gracious. How characteristic of him!. I am delighted he is acting again. Hope he gets good notices from the critics which lead to other things.

As for his appearance, I saw him in 2013 at GMOH and thought he was ageing beautifully. Sounds like he's looking hotter all the time! :))

ETA: edit to say that I misread your post the first time - Garret RAN AFTER YOU???!!!!??? Oh wow, that man is so sweet! :))

Edited at 2015-02-23 11:15 am (UTC)
bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: February 23rd, 2015 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
The icon I'm using here is from GMOH...
kernel1 From: kernel1 Date: February 23rd, 2015 11:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the review. It's great to hear that Garett was so good in the play and how lovely of him to talk to you all afterwards.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: February 24th, 2015 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)

*NODS*

To all of it! :)
snailbones From: snailbones Date: February 23rd, 2015 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)


How fabulous! I'm so glad you were all able to get there, and having read the comments above... he ran after you? What a sweetheart!

alyburns From: alyburns Date: February 24th, 2015 01:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Yep, ran, and I just posted a "Part 2" that includes that

and more. :)
From: jael_lyn01 Date: February 23rd, 2015 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
What great fun. So jealous!
alyburns From: alyburns Date: February 24th, 2015 01:40 am (UTC) (Link)

CALL ME!

*G* Will give the spoiler low-down!
magician113 From: magician113 Date: February 23rd, 2015 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
We often talk about Jim's character being enhanced by "Burgisms", but with so few acting jobs, it's hard to know which mannerisms were written for Blair and which were Garett's. His open facial expressions, the way he handled various props, and the easy way the words came out of his mouth were so reminiscent of his time on TS. And his love of carpentry was also in evidence--he was the production's Master Carpenter!

I must admit I'm not someone who follows particular actors from role to role--I'm usually more invested in the characters. So, I wasn't immediately planning to go, even though Hollywood's not that far. I guess I wasn't sure I wanted to see Garett in something that might be disappointing, as has happened with other actors.

But Aly's enthusiasm pushed me into going, and I was happy I did. Not only was it a fun night with fannish friends, but the play was off-beat and interesting and Garett was indeed a pleasure to watch.

Knitty Woman's comment echoes my own feelings about how sweet and gracious he was at coming out to say hi. He introduced himself with a simple "I'm Garett, glad to meet you.". As if we wouldn't know who he was! LOL

Great cover piece Aly!

Edited at 2015-02-23 06:44 pm (UTC)
alyburns From: alyburns Date: February 24th, 2015 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)

I added a part 2

and included your wonderful response to his introducing himself to you! You don't know how many times I've wanted to say what you did!! You're AWESOME!
a_boleyn From: a_boleyn Date: February 23rd, 2015 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for sharing your theatre going experience. Regrettably seeing it for myself isn't possible so the tantalizing hints from your post will have to satisfy. Perhaps after the show closes, you can share all the details of the plot itself.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: February 24th, 2015 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Will do

just that!
angelskuuipo From: angelskuuipo Date: February 23rd, 2015 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you had such a wonderful time! It sounds marvelous. The play sounds like good fun and it's lovely to hear that Garett's role was so engaging (and that he's still as handsome as ever. ;))

Also, Happy early Birthday!
alyburns From: alyburns Date: February 24th, 2015 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Thanks and yes

he's still 'got it'. :)
finlaure From: finlaure Date: February 24th, 2015 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Did you get Any Pics????? Please tell me you had some kind of chance to get pics of him afterwards or curtain call?? I SOOO would have Loved to have gone!!
alyburns From: alyburns Date: February 24th, 2015 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh, sweetie, no

devices of any kind were allowed, no texting, no cells ringing, nothing; zip. BUT, I did just add a Part 2 that includes a photo from the Theater site - it's the best one of two "Bale" photos.
caarianna From: caarianna Date: February 24th, 2015 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)
As the others have said, it was a great evening and I loved the play itself: quirky and allegorical, a bit spooky. Garett has a pivotal role in that I think he's more than a simple 'carny' in the allegory. He said he was so glad we 'got it' and enjoyed it because he said some don't and just think it's odd.

It was also great to see him dedicate this performance to his wife, Cindy, and their three kids.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: February 24th, 2015 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)

I agree 100% about his role

and think the wonderful lady (who did the one song) was equally 'pivatol', right?
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