1) I was expecting a show about ghosts because of the title.
I was wondering whether the ghost would be like Casper, a friendly ghost, or some ghost seeking revenge, like in the movie Unfriended. Just letting you know in advance... There were no actors playing ghosts in the play. I guess I took the title too literal.
While, leaving the theater I had an epiphany when it comes to me and musicals. The music has to make sense with the production. You can't just have a show and throw in some music just cause, it has to flow with the story. It has to feel like there was so much passion building up that the only way to express it is through music. When that happens, it makes the musical relatable and keeps me connected to the story. Needless to say, I was feeling all that with Iowa.
Jean Valjean sings "Look Down" and I can see on his face the hardships that he has faced from having been in prison for twenty years. Isn't the prisoner in a story supposed to be the villain? But this story couldn't have made a better mistake. Instead, watching Jean Valjean gives me the chance to follow his transformation.
Two men held opposite ends of a beam that couldn't have been more than a few inches wide. A woman was helped onto this beam before proceeding to jump scarily high in the air, do flips that rivaled something out of the Summer Olympics, and land perfectly on her feet. This continued for many minutes, her tricks getting more complex with time. And the more complex they got, the more I was convinced she was going to break her neck. But it all went down without a hitch, and this woman didn't even look nervous. How could she trust those men not to let her fall? How could she trust herself to leap?
A: There is nothing like live theater. It is never the same. We are actually coming tonight and again tomorrow in different seats. There are different sight lines, new angles; it's a different experience completely.
1. You will see a penis for the first time. 2. There are no assigned seats so you will probably end up in a bad angled corner-- get there early. 3. The show starts off slow but believe me, it speeds up. 4. The show is mostly in silence. 5. The mysterious voice is a person and not just a recording, not important, but nice to know.