Thursday, June 20, 2013

30 Days of Beauty-Day 20: Theater Performances

Last night we went to the Guthrie Theater to see the play, Clybourne Park.  I wasn’t really in the mood to go, but we went anyway.  As usual, I enjoyed myself.  I knew very little about the play other than that it had won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway.  As a result, I was surprised how much I liked it.

Clybourne Park was written by Bruce Norris in response to the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry.  I have always liked that particular play although I have never seen it in person-only the movie version on TV.  Clybourne Park is a powerful  play about race and wanting a better life set first in 1959 and then, in contrast, 2009. 

I am a great admirer of the Guthrie Theater-one reason that we have season tickets.  I particularly enjoy many of the actors in residence.  The performances in this play were incredible.  There was a beauty about the spoken words of the play and the emotions revealed as characters and their history are unveiled.  The strong language is integral in eliciting an emotional response from the audience.    

Bill McCallum

 I especially enjoyed the beauty of Bill McCallum’s performance.  He is one of my favorite Guthrie actors.  I would compare his performance to his performance in God of Carnage.  He is excellent at showing extreme emotion. 

I highly recommend that you see this play if you have a chance.

Have you found your joy today?

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