It's been a fun three days. I've had flowers woven into my hair, danced on a Broadway stage, and watched a bunch of hippies list the names of more drugs than I knew existed. But it's not a perfect piece, as I'm starting to realize. The trip sequence in the second act drags on. Gavin Creel is absolutely nothing special. Dear Allison Case, I would take it as a great personal favor if you could learn to act without using your hands. Love, Me. I stand by my belief that the show should end in a blackout, not a fadeout. And, um...that's it.
Anyway, I've spent the past two days scouring Youtube for Hair-related videos. That is Symptom No. 1. Other symptoms include irritability, nausea, and vomiting. I am aware that they are also side effects of "Zoloft and Paxil and Buspar and Xanax, Lexapro, Klonopin, Ambien, Prozac..." I cannot help it if I am listening to Next to Normal at the moment. But whatever. Anyway, I am slowly learning cast names and faces, though there are like twenty-nine in all. My favorite cast member used to be Allison Case. However, it only took two days for the cutesiness to get a little grating. (For the record, not all redheads are fun to be around. I know a few who are pretty damn annoying.)
That said, I have two favorite cast members so far.
My first favorite is Will Swenson. His performance as Berger ranks as the best performance by a guy that I've ever seen. (Suck on that, Boyd Gaines!) Come to think of it, Berger may be one of my favorite theatre characters, right up there with Sally Bowles and Mrs. Lovett. Wow. Who'da thunk?
This wild-haired, flower-holding, pregnant-woman-playing lassie is Kacie Sheik, and she is my second favorite. She plays Jeanie, the hippie who, and I quote, "got knocked up by some speed freak." One of my favorite moments in the play was when she found out Claude had been drafted. Immediately, she turned around to hug Crissy, and the look on her face was one of fear and devastation. Marvelous. She is also the younger sister of Duncan Sheik. Her brother wrote the music for Spring Awakening. She is related to the man who is responsible for My Junk, Touch Me, and The Bitch of Living. Your argument is irrelevant.