Guards at the Taj

12GUARDSJUMP-articleLargeGuards at the Taj
by Rajiv Joseph
directed by Amy Morton
starring Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed
Atlantic Theatre Company
June 16, 2015

Production websiteΒ  Β  Β πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰ out of 5.

The Taj Mahal is a truly beautiful wonder of the world – – but you will NEVER be able to look at that serene building the same! Based on a popular myth regarding the Taj, director Amy Morton tells the story of the ugly cruelty that is behind so many of the beautiful things that man is able to create.

Two low level guards are set to protect the construction of the Taj Mahal. They are to insure that no one, including themselves, are able to view the Taj before it is fully complete and ready for viewing. So they stand, and they stand. Slowly we explore the Godot-like relationship of the two men: one strictly following the rules without question, the other, a bit of a radical open to questioning authority! What fun to watch this couple banter away and debate theΒ obvious impossibility of preventing passerby from viewing the enormous Taj. Β How crazy is this job? Β But to what extent must authority be obeyed? Β What would be so wrong to take just the slightest of peeks to see what in the world they have been guarding for sometime. Continue reading Guards at the Taj

Fun Home

20FUNHOME-master675Fun Home
music by Jeanine Tesori
book and lyrics by Lisa Kuhn
based on the graphic novel by Alision Bechdel
produced by Circle In the Square
June 16, 2015

πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰ out of 5.

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Although I am not a musical theatre person, I was in the audience for the first week of the run of Rent and knew that musical theatre was going to change forever. I felt the same way sitting in the audience for Fun Home. Never have I felt the songs so connected to the story. When the show was over, it never occurred to me that the characters sang – – it was just that beautiful and that invisible! The story is about family and those crazy often toxic people that we will never be able to truly escape. They truly shape ever decision and turn that our life takes. Continue reading Fun Home