By the end of the play, it didn't seem so alien any more. I've never seen big Broadway stars perform in a big Broadway play, until I found myself sitting in the Curran Theater on Geary Street in San Francisco this afternoon, watching Valerie Harper, Tony Roberts and Michele Lee in "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife." This show was nominated for Tony awards! And I was there.
It wasn't actually on Broadway, and I've never been to New York City, but these actors said the same words and did the same bits of business that they did there. The sets, lighting and sound were far beyond anything I'm used to seeing in local theater productions. I could tell that even from high in the mezzanine where we sat today.
So I'm not going to review the play. How could I? I enjoyed it, but I think I enjoyed the overall experience just as much. Climbing the carpeted stairs, leafing through the program, gasping as the lights came on — it was all good.
(As for the play, I laughed hard most of the way through the first act. The second act is written to make you squirm, and I did. Toward the end it didn't have as many moments of sheer fun as it did in the opening scenes, which are almost like a series of blackout sketches.
But I wasn't going to review it. I remember now.)
This is the first of the Best of Broadway series that I've been to. Later this year we're seeing Tony Curtis in "Some Like It Hot," and some time next year it's "The Producers." I think I'm going to like getting used to this.