Anyway, I saw some great shows last week. The very best was Pests, a really intense play about two sisters at the bottom of the heap who just can't seem to help each other take even the tiniest step in a better direction. It was a nice prequel to A Taste of Honey, which is also about life when you're poor but from a much more realistic point of view. I did a longer review comparing the two. My takeaway? There's nothing like family to drag you down and keep you there.
I also enjoyed Orton, the new musical about the life of Joe Orton that's on at the Above the Stag. Somehow it seemed I should have been there with booklectic, but instead I was there with a Russian woman I'd met while I was kayaking in Sicily. It was raucous and raunchy and I think Orton might have liked it except for maybe how it made him out to be a bit too sweet and Halliwell a bit too sympathetic. But, you know, musicals benefit from keeping it simple; this one had the added plus of raunch.