What's it about?
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally - does that spark a memory in your mind? 💭
Do you remember sitting in you math class hearing the abbreviations, P.E.M.D.A.S? Thinking, parenthesis, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction? Well, this play was based on this mathematical method. A math teacher and one of her students have an affair, knowing all risk. This story isn't told through the oblivious boyfriend, or the secretive student's mother but through a cellphone.📱
What did I experience?
The theatre was not like any of the ones I've ever been to. It was different, I like different. When I walked in I realized that I had to walk up a few flight of stairs 🔫 I almost died 💀 I hate stairs! After walking up the stairs and being directed by 2-3 ushers to theatre B, I was finally at the door🚪. As I walked towards the stage, I noticed something - there was this musician that had a spotlight hitting her, and was sitting on a swing like object. ONE musician. 🙆 ☝ Of course, this caught my attention. Why is this musician sitting on a swing? 👀
At first, I was confused. I didn't understand why the actors were talking in third-person. The more they did it the more I sat there like 😳😶. When I began to understand they all were playing as if they were the cellphone, I was amazed. My reaction was literally, "YOOO, That's freaking awesome dude!" 😲😆 I actually wish that I would've asked someone to go with me because honestly the entire show I was excited to tell someone about figuring things out or knowing exactly how this play was going to end. It was typically just like an affair scene inside a movie.
My favorite character was Red, the 15 year old, the high school student, the secretive lover. He was so vulnerable. Someone was finally giving him the attention he desired, maybe not the most appropriate, but he was getting it. He is young of course he's going to fall in love with the person who is throwing themselves at him. He was desperate, 😩😩 even if it was with a woman that was twice his age. He was happy, even if he was young and didn't really know what love is. Desiring happiness was definitely a legit reason to make a dumb decision.
The atmosphere was a bit awkward, if someone would laugh on their own to a joke they found funny, another audience member would look in their direction and roll their eyes. I didn't know exactly how to feel about this 🙅🏽. A part of me wanted to scream, "NOT EVERYONE HAS THE SAME SENSE OF HUMOR AS YOU DO!" 😒😒 but then I remembered - okay - one, there are dedicated actors performing right now, two, I am a loner again tonight and have no back-up. It was really annoying, honestly, like yes maybe he was a little too loud but what if he just found the joke that funny? LET HIM BE! 😤
There was so much to appreciate about this play. The way the actors played a different character by just adding or subtracting a clothing article. 👓👒👡👖👗👚👕👞 But what I loved the most about this story line is, it ended the same way it began, with a bunch of stones perfectly stacked, one on top of the other.