I was pressured into seeing my friend as an opening act for the Proverbial Loons. I didn't really want to take the time to go but I figured... "Hey, what the heck it's a free ticket." As I waited (what felt like forever) for her introduction, I found myself getting distracted by someone glorious in the audience. I decided to change my seat... so that I could get a better view of the stage, NOT so that I could sit next to this lonely, strapping and glorious man. My friend's performance was quite amazing. I found myself laughing... whenever I heard this man laugh. Coincidently, it was as if our souls were in tune with each other. I may have been just a little bit creepy, who knows, that's really not important. It's the fact that we had something special, (right?), that only lovers could understand. Forget about the girl he had his arm around in the audience, none of that mattered.
Sometimes another audience member affects your mood at a play. And by sometimes I mean all the time.
Anytime I go to see a Proverbial Loons show, I realize that there's no such thing as normal. I just love seeing people's lives being turned into a musical. Some people's lives are either naturally funny, naturally sad or very abnormal. You'll realize that people have really weird lives if you ask them the right questions. Anytime someone volunteers to have their life made a musical of, I realize that people, no matter how normal they seem, will expose their deepest, darkest, most disturbing secrets when they are asked certain questions. When my friend was interviewed before her life became a musical, I noticed that the performers were reading her personality in order to figure out how they should ask certain questions. Sometimes they'd ask very complicated questions with a speed that doesn't give the person enough time to give an intelligent answer. Other times, they'd ask less complicated questions and give someone more than enough time to dwindle off to another subject matter.
I found out much more than I needed to know about my friend's life. Things about her sexual experiences, things about her metabolism, things about myself that no one needed to know, weird rashes in weird places on her boyfriend's body and the horrific list goes on and on and on and on and on.
Even though I was mostly traumatized by the information I was involuntarily exposed to, I did learn a lot about other humans. 1. Humans are almost never able to handle long, awkward silence. 2. When they are in moments of silence they talk about things that no one needs to know. 3. When people act as if they're very interested in what is being said, they don't stop talking. 4. When they run out of things to say, SHIT GETS WEIRD.