Apr 4, 2014

March Self Actualization - The Part Where We Absorbed Culture

Taking a step back in time.  Friday night, after sitting through the amazing insights and amusing banter of the TEDx speakers, we were stressed and rushed, trying to get from Philadelphia to Lancaster in time for the show.  After TEDx ran a half hour late, Sister2 and I finally settled into the inevitable fact: we were going to be late.

As it turned out, we weren't terribly late, but we were those annoying people with seats in the very center of the row who have to scootch over and around about 20 people's legs while whispering, "Sorry... I'm sorry... So sorry..."

As for the show, I knew Bring it On: The Musical was about cheerleaders.  And I had seen the movie and wasn't terribly impressed.  So I wasn't expecting much; though I was excited to see my cousin (This is Tyler's IMDb page, there's not much there, but isn't it cool that he has one?  Also, I'm assuming he's ok with not being anonymous, he's an actor, after all) perform for the first time (see him for the first time - he's performed plenty).

It was great!

And I was surprised and somewhat chagrined that I hadn't been more open-minded from the start.  Some of the language made me cringe, but that makes perfect sense - it was high school vernacular and I'm particularly sensitive to reminders of how incredibly stupid I was as a high-schooler.  There were themes in there that I don't remember from the movie, about acceptance and forgiveness, and self-confidence.  The singing was great, and Tyler rocked his roll!  He was "Randall," the sage and confident school DJ who provides advice to the female lead.  And then, of course, there was the hilarious and adorable "Bridget" who is one of the primary proponents of self-confidence in the plot, and who we got to meet afterwards.

Over drinks afterwards with Tyler and his friends we listened, fascinated to stories from a very different worlds.  My parents and sisters are in very technical fields.  We have a nuclear engineer, computer programmer, electrical engineer, and med school student (I'm the "super artsy" one, as a graphic designer).  So listening to these young people gush about their job, from the dangers of some of the acrobatic stunts, to their love for their work, was like opening the door to a completely different life.  And I think we were all a tiny bit envious of their carefree friendliness and social ease.

To sum up: plays are great.  Go see some!  For our next "cultural" experience, we're thinking Sleep No More, an interactive version of Macbeth in NYC.  What plays or musicals do you think are absolute must-sees?