Afterglow The Play is a Must See Look at Modern Day Relationships

Friends with benefits, threesomes, and love triangles, OH, MY. Afterglow the Play (a play by Asher Gelman) explores the pros and cons of modern day “open” relationships and is a very real look at some of the complications that can arise. It’s not saying that these relationships can’t work, it’s just shedding some light on what can happen if things don’t go as you are expecting.

One of the things about the play is that the complications aren’t necessarily limited to being caused by another person. In true modern day realness, these issues can arise from career fixation, addiction, or even social media temptations.

Afterglow starts off with a couple having fun and spicing things up by inviting a third to play and the sexiness is supercharged. Three naked men in one bed is certainly an explosive way to start any production. And for the nudity lovers out there, there is plenty more of that throughout the show. The experience is fun, funny, touching, and even soul searching. There were plenty of tears shed as well as checking your own judgements in some instances for some people. The audience was so invested that there was plenty of laughter, gasping, and awws. The emotions are kept alive even during scene changes, which are done by the actors in between acts. The cast is so choreographed as they interact in character, which makes it both important and entertaining to pay attention to all the details. If the previous scene was happy and light, the actors are jovial during the moving of the set. If there was anger, grief, or strife, the actors are angry and tense as they move the set pieces and props.

It’s definitely refreshing to see a story about the lives of gay people with more heft and grit to it which also comes a bit closer to the reality of gay dating life in 2017. If there were more time, it would be nice to see the characters fleshed out even more or be shown more about their entire lives.

Brandon Haagenson and Robbie Simpson play Josh and Alex, the husbands, who will have you loving them and feeling tense for them throughout the story. Patrick Reilly is Darius, who gets caught up in this fantasy and allows himself to catch feelings for Alex against his own better judgement. He does such a wonderful job at expressing his emotions, devastation, disappointment, and confusion while reminding the audience that no one is really to blame here, nor is anyone worthy of our hatred.

The intimate setting of the Davenport Theatre makes you feel like you are in the characters lives, apartments, and relationships like a true voyeur as you explore their issues right beside them. Do polyamorous relationships work or is there a point where they need to be cut off before real feelings develop that can get in the way of everything a couple strives for in their journey together? For some, it certainly does but in this case, maybe not so much. Since it is based on Gelman’s own experience in opening up his marriage, this is surely one way things do play out in real life. Check out Afterglow and judge (or perhaps a better word is see) for yourself.

That Golden Girls Show is night of nostalgic fun!

Did you know the Golden Girls are back in puppet form? That Golden Girls Puppet Show is running right now at the DR2 Theatre in NYC and it’s an experience any Golden Girls fan should not miss!

Anyone who knows me or follows me on social media knows I am a huge Golden Girls fan. I can quote lines from the show on demand and I sometimes sneak it into conversation or use lines in my own daily dialogues. I had heard there was a puppet show based on the Golden Girls and put in on my “must do” list and shortly after I received an invitation to attend one of the preview shows. I will tell you that the second I read the email, I did not hesitate to respond.

The first thing that got me upon walking into the theater was the set. The living room and kitchen look EXACTLY like they did in the show. I immediately felt like I was at home and at this moment I hoped the evening would be everything the show has been. One of the reasons the Golden Girls was always so special to me is because I used to watch it with my late grandmother. I also watched with my parents and I still do when I visit them. Most nights, I fall asleep with the girls on and when TV Land has a Golden Girls marathon I’ll admit I get a bit too wrapped up in them. Don’t expect me to be ready to go anywhere too early on a Sunday!  You can find them in syndication on Logo, TV Land, and Hallmark Channel all times of the day and night which has made the show available to multiple generations even decades after it went off the air.

The Original show aried from 1985 – 1992 on NBC and was part of the Thursday night line up but then moved to Saturday nights. One description of the Golden Girls reads “Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times.” But any true fan of the show knows it was about so much more. They tackled issues like gay marriage, infidelity, agism, women’s rights, gay rights, addiction, homelessness, and politics.
The original cast included Bea Arthur (Dorothy Zbornak), Betty White (Rose Nylund), Rue McClanahan (Blanche Devereaux), and Estelle Getty (Sophia Petrillo) with Herb Edleman as Dorothy’s ex-husband Stan Zbornak.
The puppet version of the girls definitely live up to their TV counterparts and the cast consists of Weston Chandler Long as Dorothy (This particular night Dorothy was played impeccably by Michael LaMasa down to Bea Arthur’s manerisms), Arlee Chadwick as Rose, Cat Greenfield as Blanche, Emmanuelle Zeesman as Sophia, and Zach Kononov as Stan.
Tickets are available now through the end of the year so if you are in New York City or plan to be, you should consider experiencing this evening of laughter and nostalgia. Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/That-Golden-Girls-Show-A-Puppet-tickets/artist/2276879#artist_table_focus.
They even recreated the theme song sequence from the original show:

You’ll be leaving the theater feeling good and singing “Thank you for being a friend” for sure!

 

AP ShowBiz Minute: Jepsen, Spears, the Hobbit

AP ShowBiz Minute: Jepsen, Spears, the Hobbit (via AP Video)

Caption: Britney Spears opens her Las Vegas residency; Carly Rae Jepsen gets the call for Broadway; ‘The Hobbit’ dominates US Box Office for third week in a row.


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‘Kinky’ musical snaps up Tonys

‘Kinky’ musical snaps up Tonys (via AFP)

With lots of big stars on hand showing Hollywood can do Broadway, ’80s rocker turned musical-maker Cyndi Lauper won her first Tony for “Kinky Boots” at the 67th Tony Awards. “I can’t say I wasn’t practicing in front of the shower curtain for a couple days for this speech,” Lauper said Sunday, picking…


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Rachel Weisz, Husband Daniel Craig to Star Together on Broadway

Rachel Weisz, Husband Daniel Craig to Star Together on Broadway (via NewsLook)

Video News by NewsLook Real-life married couple Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig are hitting the Broadway stage for the play ‘Betrayal.’ They join a list of other famous couples who starred in projects together after exchanging vows, including Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman,…