POST: 'Insignificance' - up close and personal with legends

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What's it about?

Go back to the Golden Era of America, in a hotel room. See some of the most iconic figures in the world like you never seen them before. As mere human beings dealing with issues like love, controversy, and attention. 

What'd I experience?

I was a few minutes late to the show. I rushed from the train to the Langham Place on Fifth Avenue. This hotel was so alluring and rich to me. Turns out, I was the only late comer of the night. They were very prepared. It was very comforting to know that they made sure everyone attending the show was present and did their best to hold off for a few minutes. We took the elevator to the 5th floor and then pointed me to the area.

There was an old man in bed writing something. I felt like we were walking into a person’s actual hotel room. For a second I was moving cautiously and quietly to my seat, as this man was just sitting there writing in total silence for a solid two minutes.

There were many times in the show when characters were left alone and there was this over barring silence that caused the atmosphere to feel heavy to me. There was a very THICK tension hovering over me during this first silence. Suddenly there was a knock at the door, the old man didn’t care to ask who it was he just went ahead and opened the door. It was a slightly fat white man in a suit. Aside from everything I could not deny this man’s extremely ominous appearance.

The more The Senator (the suit) spoke, the more I began to despise this man. The things he stated made me cringe. The Senator was visiting The Professor a night before some sort of national court hearing. He tried to persuade The Professor to testify in court but The Professor did not want to lie and throw dirt on his name. The Senator offered the professor some Jack but The Professor refused, he preferred water. The Senator responded “whenever you drink water your kissing Napoleon's asshole”…WHAT!!!? What the hell is that even supposed to mean?

The Professor felt prosecuted and threatened by the legal action that was to take place the next day. This case had a lot to do with who he was, where he’s from, and what he's studying. He had a pretty bad impression of the country we live in, you know, America -  of course, even in our so called golden years we were as dark and as cold behind the scenes as we are now. Corruption rules and that’s something I have been having a hard time coming to grips with in these last few years.

Suddenly there was another knock at the door. He opened the door and all I hear is a smooth feminine voice. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw her. She had on a  white dress with a fur coat, sun glasses, glowing white skin, bleach blond hair, red lipstick, red nails, and white shoes. It was her. In the flesh. I was in awe. I began to feel like it was not 2016 anymore. I had gone in to a whole other dimension. Extremely surreal to say the least.

This was the first show that I have ever seen that gave me a movie-like essence. They even had some suspenseful movie scene music on at times. The lighting was all lamps and I was so sucked into this story - like, when I am watching any cinematic adventure. It felt like a movie!

She was very interested in who he was and what she did next was completely unexpected… she asked The Professor if she could explain the Theory of Relativity to him. It was baffling to me. I was blown away by how she set this whole thing up. By the time she was done she made it sound like she just had a scientific orgasm. The Professor indulged her and seemed to have enjoyed the little presentation.

The Actress then began to flirt with The Professor. She was very seductive and it seemed like she wanted to have relations with The Professor but The Professor did what no man in that time would have done… he said no. For some odd reason he did not give into her. It was incredible to watch. She was even appalled as if she did not know what to say. I doubt she’s ever been in such a situation.

She even told him that she had a list of the top celebrities she would sleep with and he was on the list (this is true, I looked it up). But after a while, that The Professor was a man. He uttered the words “what the hell” and began to take off his pants. They turned off the lights and she got on top of him when… suddenly, there was a knock at the door and it was a guy with a New York accent looking for HER. The Professor was caught off guard and when she said that it was her famous baseball player husband. I began to pray for The Professor.

Here we have these three iconic figures in one room in a light that I never dreamed of seeing them in before. For some reason The Actress did not want to leave with her husband (prob because she was unhappy with their marriage).  She went to the bathroom to fix herself up, and collapsed. When she woke up, her husband told her that he wanted to be the thing she held on to not something she bounces off of. The professor ended up leaving and there was a fifteen-minute intermission.

The next day, a lot goes down. The Senator threatens The Professor. The Actress and The Senator get into a fight, he punches her, right in front of my face. Her husband turns up and turns on some New York charm.

He offers to change himself completely. He realized he had to “smarten up” for her since she wanted to engage in more intelligent conversations. He wanted to spend more time with her and be the man that she has been urging to be around. He reminded me of myself and the modern day New York romantic. We come off very assertive and goofy but in the end we truly mean well. She came out of the bathroom after he was done and I thought she was going to give him a big ol’ hug and boom happily ever after - but no. She told him that it was over. Hmm. I guess she isn't a romantic.

I was a bit sketchy about watching a show in a hotel room but after experiencing this it was waaaaayyyy beyond what I expected. It was up close and personal. I got to see these iconic figures dealing with real life situations - legends turned into everyday humans like you and I.


 

Want to see it?

$45 Tickets

Insignificance
Defibrillator Theatre
@ Langham Place
thru Mar. 20