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"It's not impossible" - my review of Boeing-Boeing

 When I first saw Boeing-Boeing, I had originally planned to post my experience to this journal but work and real life got in my way.  Since it has been almost a month since I saw the play, I figure I need to go ahead and post before I forget the details.  This is not a true review, it's more like a bunch of my rambling thoughts on the play, Bradley Whitford, and New York in general.

I really love New York.  I don't know if I would want to live there though.  Well, maybe, but only if I could live there and still afford to maintain the lifestyle to which I am accustomed.  I find that unlikely -- everything is soooo much cheaper in Texas.  This trip was especially fun because I wasn't with any New York virgins.  The last couple of times I went I was with people who had never been to the city before and they wanted to do all the touristy stuff.  Which is fine, it's great in fact.  If you've never been to NYC before you NEED to go to the top of the Empire State Building and tour Radio City Music Hall and see the Statue of Liberty, and you absolutely MUST take the subway to Ground Zero (It is shocking and heartbreaking at the same time).  But I've done most of those things multiple times, so just being able to wander the city was nice, especially since I was only there for two days this trip.

Anyway, I met two of my friends in the city for a girls weekend and to see Boeing-Boeing.  Both of my companions are West Wing fans, but they're not FANS, if you know what I mean.  They were excited about getting to see Brad and Mary McCormack on stage, but it definitely didn't mean as much to them as it did to me.  I was such a loyal fan for so many years, and I've developed such a deep appreciation for ALL the cast members' work, not only their work on the show.

Boeing-Boeing was absolutely hilarious!  The first scene features Brad barefoot and half-dressed, which is adorable.  The play starts out slow at first in my opinion.  In fact, my friends and I were concerned that it might be that way throughout the entire show, but by the second act, our worries were gone!

The set is simple, yet amazing.  The play takes place in Bernard's (Brad) living room, although there is a lot of action that supposedly takes place off stage in the other rooms that the audience doesn't see.  1 circular room + 7 doors = genius!  One of my friends commented on how impressed she was by the set (and believe me, she is not easily impressed).

All the actors were fantastic -- Brad (obviously) was wonderful, Mary McCormack with a German accent stole the show, and Mark Rylance as Robert was completely deserving of his Tony.  The only complaint I had is that at times Mary and Christine Baranski (with a French accent!) were hard to understand.   You have to really listen closely.  I missed couple of Christine's lines in the beginning, but once I got accustomed to the accent it wasn't a problem anymore.

It was a very physical play.  Doors were slamming constantly, and the actors were almost always in motion.  Brad is incredibly flexible, which I knew from seeing him put his feet behind his head once on Ellen, but it is really amazing to see it in person.  Also, he moves around so much that by the end of the play his white shirt was so soaked with sweat that you could clearly see the wife-beater he was wearing underneath.

I loved the conclusion of the play (I'm such a sucker for love stories).  The last scene between Bernard and Robert is one of the quietest scenes in the play, but also one of my favorites.

I wanted to take a picture with Brad, or at least get him to sign my Playbill -- I really did -- but circumstances (and my own lack of assertiveness) prevented me from waiting at the stage door following the play.  Like I mentioned earlier, my friends like Bradley Whitford but are not rabid fangirls by any means, so I really doubt they wanted to stand in the rain for an hour waiting for the cast to leave the building.  Plus, one of my friends had already made dessert reservations for us after the play.  Maybe I should have said something to my friends like, "Hey, let's hang out here for a few minutes to see if the cast comes out."  But I didn't, so it's my own fault that I missed this opportunity.  But I'm okay with not meeting Brad and Mary and the rest of the cast.  Really.  I swear.  (Do I sound at all convincing?)  I probably wouldn't have known what to say anyway, or else I would have said something totally stupid and everyone would think I'm an idiot.

If my best friend had been with me, she would have forced me to stand there at the stage door until I got a picture and/or autograph.  Interestingly, she is not a West Wing fan (she's more of a Studio 60 girl), but she does understand my love for the show and my respect for Brad as an actor, and she would have refused to allow me miss out on seeing him up close.  Sadly, she was not able to make the trip this time.  She did go with me in December to see The Farnsworth Invention (which I liked despite the mediocre reviews).  I may post my account of that play at at later date.

Below are a couple of pictures of the exterior of the Longacre Theatre and the marquis.  They're not the best...I was planning on cropping and enhancing them a bit, but my photo editor program is acting psycho for some reason.  I think I need a new laptop.  I have a few more pics, but they have me and my friends in them, and I've decided not to post pictures of myself on this journal.

Overall, the trip was a fantastic experience!  If you haven't seen this (Tony Award winning!) play yet you should definitely go!


Tags: boeing-boeing, bradley whitford, broadway, nyc, theatre

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