May 25th, 2014

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Let the NY Adventures begin!

I made it to NY very late on Friday night and it has been crazy ever since! Yesterday we celebrated Chuck's birthday, saw two shows, went shopping and had a delicious Chinese dinner!

The first show we saw last night was If/Then, starring Idina Menzel.
Basic plot:
Newly divorced 39-year-old Elizabeth, an urban planner, moves to New York City for a fresh start. She meets her friends Kate, a lesbian kindergarten teacher, and Lucas, a bisexual community organizer, in Madison Square Park. Kate suggests that Elizabeth start using the name "Liz" and seek out new experiences. Lucas suggests that she go back to her college nickname, "Beth," and start making professional connections in the city. "Liz" stays in the park with Kate while "Beth" leaves with Lucas, and the remainder of the show depicts two paths that Elizabeth's life could take.

http://ifthenthemusical.com/

It was a wonderful musical! The music was very similar to Rent (as was much of the cast) and it really made you think!

The second show we saw was The Cripple of Inishmore, starring Daniel Radcliff.
Basic plot:
Set on the small Aran Islands community of Inis Meáin off the Western Coast of Ireland, c. 1934, the inhabitants are excited to learn of a Hollywood film crew's arrival in neighbouring Inis Mór to make a documentary about life on the islands. "Cripple" Billy Claven, eager to escape the gossip, poverty and boredom of Inishmaan, vies for a part in the film, and to everyone's surprise, the orphan and outcast gets his chance.[

This was a bit odd... the accents were rough, but they did repeat everything multiple times, so you got the point. However, the plot itself was just odd and the ending was rather sad.