Be More Chill

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Be More Chill is a contemporary musical from Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz. In a nutshell it is the story of a high school geek that takes a secret pill to become “cool.” The show bills itself as a mashup of Little Shop of Horrors and Dear Evan Hansen and I can definitely see the influences in some over the top characters and the central character being the outcast.

The songs have a contemporary feel to them with some witty lyrics. The performers were all of Broadway standard and put on a great show. I cannot really say any particular one stood out to me.

Overall the show has a good message “like who you are” and I can see a lot of people really enjoying this show. If you like Mean Girls or Kinky Boots, this might be for you. It seems to be very popular with teenagers as there was one sitting behind me mouthing every lyric. I cannot honestly say this was my cup of tea but it might be a favorite of yours.

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To Kill A Mockingbird

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I was lucky to have recently seen To Kill A Mockingbird which is currently on Broadway. This new production is adapted by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Bartlett Sher and srarring Jeff Daniels.

It is based on the book by Harper Lee and usually required reading in High School. Well this should be required viewing for anyone that is interested in theater, acting, directing, sets or otherwise. It is beautifully presented and timely with the nation embroiled with issues of race and identity.

Read the reviews and go see this. You will come out angry, sad, joyful and maybe even looking at yourself differently.

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Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune

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Michael Shannon and Audra McDonald star in this intimate portrayal of courtship in a crowded city by Terrence McNally. The are two people past thier primes trying to figure out exactly what they want in their relationship. Together they shed their clothes and inhibitions, breaking themselves down and putting themselves back together and nourishing their emotions and hunger for more.

This is a beautifully presented show that pulls you into to Frankie’s tiny New York Apartment and lets you voyeur as they do to other neighbors. I absolutely loved the acting and staging. It quite possibly is the most beautiful show on Broadway.

Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune

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WAYRA - Fuerza Bruta

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Making its return to the Daryl Roth Theatre is, Fuerza Bruta, the interactive performance art piece that had a previous long run and was very popular.  This time it is billed as WAYRA which means... what the heck does it mean?  Well Fuerza Bruta is "brute force" and WAYRA doesn't seem to mean anything except what the performers scream and yell at various points throughout the show.  But in the end it doesn't really matter since you shouldn't really don't need understand what they are saying it's more important to just enjoy the spectacle.  

If you saw Fuerza Bruta before WAYRA is essentially the same show with an added scene of performers climbing through a wind tunnel shaped like a large plastic tube.  The running along the walls, line dancing and half naked girls swimming around in a see-through glass tank are still a part of the show.  As is the famous running man dressed all in white running through walls of boxes and avoiding obstacles until getting shot.  The audience meanwhile is corralled and moved around as needed to allow the action to happen right in front of you.  You essentially are part of the show/experience and thus are taking part in the creation of art.  

This is one of those shows that needs to be experienced and seen in person as it is hard to describe to one that hasn't been.  It is a fun experience and something different from the standard show tunes of the Great White Way.  It is appropriate for all ages and since there are no seats a group of people can go and experience the show together.  Just be aware that you will have to stand the whole time and move around as directed.