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.