What'd I experience?
Sooo let me tell you the experience I had.
Background: I'm already having a horrible day because we have a Cheeto as President Elect. I take the 3 train to Clark St. Tip of Brooklyn. Right over the bridge. I get off the train and I see a freaking Gristedes. A GRISTEDES in Brooklyn. (Gristedes is an overpriced supermarket found in The Upper West side or Chelsea etc). So now I'm vexed cus I'm like what type a overpriced neighborhood am I in?? This is Brooklyn. Why it look so dull and ugh. Of course, I see sushi and organic food stores, can't forget all the white people lol. Yooo this is a whole new world. This def ain't the Brooklyn I know and was raised in... Whatever. I'm still tight and all till, I recognize my side of the neighborhood. Dumbo. Brooklyn bridge park with the basketball courts and grills. I feel a little more relieved.
Anyway: So the entrance to St. Ann's Warehouse is super beautiful. You have to walk through this garden/seating area. I heard St. Ann's was renovated but damn, they really did that. It looked crazy beautiful inside. I was always told you can tell a lot about a place by its bathroom. Its bathroom was gorgeousss. The male and female stalls were literally in the same room divided by nothing but a wall that anyone can go around lol. I liked the trust and it allowed gender fluid people to feel more at ease to which side they wanted to pick.
The stage was a basement, very minimal set design. The lights come on and a man is packing his things ready to leave when he hears the landline phone ring. So he stops to pick it up, and this is the whole basis of the story. This phone call. This 10 hour phone call translated into a two hour play with this one man and a voice (which seems to be himself as well lol). 2 hours is long for a play, in general, but imagine a one man show for 2 hours. God. It was hard. I'm not gonna lie, I dozed off a couple times. But I figured he knew it would be hard to stay awake. There were very little moments of audience interaction but the times he did interact with us, it was funny. One guy was sleeping, so he was like you finding it hard to stay awake buddy? Here’s a biscuit and walked into the aisles to give him some food lmfao. I was soooo hungry too cus I just came straight outta work. There was a part where he ordered pizza in the play and my fat ass is like is he gonna give away pizza too?! LMFAOOOO.
But okay so this story, this phone call was about William, the main character writing a story about a mouse and a woman. He explains his story and ideas to the person over the phone. I fell asleep in the middle tbh when he was telling the story about how the woman drives the mouse to the park, etc. because actually what the fuck. I was probably also just tired from staying up for the election. Anyhow, there were 2 things that clicked with me from this show. 1. Every moment is a key decision. 2. Even though you have a family and job. You still get lonely. You’re just surrounded by people while you’re lonely.
Every moment is a key decision whether it feels like it’s one or not. William spoke to this young man about what many would say is a key decision: marriage. But is marriage the key decision? Or the engagement? What about the time you first met your partner? Those are all key decisions. If you were to change one of the decisions then it would change the whole chain of events. If they would've never met each other then they would've never started dating and never got engaged. So the point is every moment is a key decision because even though it may not feel like one it decides the future chain of events. I've always known this. But this lesson really hit hard when a family friend who worked at the World Trade Center told me about how he got into a big argument with his wife before work that morning which caused him to be late on 9/11… These are all key decisions.
Even though you have a family and job, you still get lonely. Ah, this is the reality I knew but it was interesting hearing it come from someone else's mouth. People think because you have a significant other you're automatically happy. Like oh she's married she's got her life together. And it's like eh. Plus the man on the phone had given up his creative art: writing. Will was lonely but at least had his art. It's like the saying I’d rather be single and happy than in a relationship and miserable.
There is an actual twist ending that was sort of my idea from the very beginning but 2 hours later we applauded as he exited the stage. No actual curtain call. But it's almost like we didn't need one. No playbill either, hmmph. I left the theatre through the garden and that was that.