On August 24, 2008, I listed the theater performances Andrew and I had attended between February 2006 and the end of August 2008. By my tally, the total was forty-eight, quite a large number of theater performances over a period as short as two-and-a-half years.
Since August, Andrew and I have attended another thirteen theater performances.
William Nicholson’s “Shadowlands”, at The Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis
Joan Didion’s “The Year Of Magical Thinking”, at The Lyric Stage Company, Boston
Emlyn Williams’s “The Corn Is Green”, at The Huntington Theatre Company, Boston
The John Kander-Fred Ebb-Joe Masteroff musical, “Cabaret”, at New Repertory Theater Company, Watertown
Peter Shaffer’s “Equus”, at the Broadhurst Theatre, New York
The Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein II-Joshua Logan musical, “South Pacific”, at The Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York
Tennessee Williams’s “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof”, at The Lyric Stage Company, Boston
John Ford’s “Tis Pity She’s A Whore”, at Center Stage, Baltimore
Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard”, at Everyman Theater, Baltimore
William Inge’s “Picnic”, at Stoneham Theatre, Stoneham
Charlotte Jones’s “Humble Boy”, at Publick Theatre, Boston
Noel Coward’s “Design For Living”, at The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington
Matthew Lombardo’s “Looped”, at Arena Stage, Washington
Our rate of theater-going has been cut in half since we moved to Boston.
This has been so for two reasons.
First, Andrew and I have not had much free time since we moved to Boston.
Second, Boston, unlike the Twin Cities, is not a theater town. The quality of Boston’s professional theater productions is distressingly low. Theater-lovers in the Twin Cities have no idea how lucky they are to have The Guthrie.
The best production from the above list was “The Cherry Orchard”, performed by a small (albeit professional) theater company in Baltimore. The worst production was “The Year Of Magical Thinking”.
Andrew and I still have not seen any Ibsen or Stoppard plays, a situation I noted back in August. One would think, of sixty-one productions, that at least one Ibsen play and one Stoppard play would have been encountered.
The only play Andrew and I have seen in more than one production is “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof”. Having now seen the play twice within a reasonably short period of time, we probably will want to give the play a rest for a few years.
This summer, we plan to attend a J. B. Priestley play at The Guthrie (the production just opened), but otherwise Andrew and I have no theater performances on our schedule.