Allysa @ 'Midnight at the Never Get' - love, hope, insecurity and understanding
What’s it about?
A musical about what it was like to be gay in the 1960s. Less a love story and more about gay identity.
If there is something I remember from the musical, it would be the songs. The songs weren’t just songs — they symbolized love, hope, insecurity and understanding.
If you saw the emotional change that took place in Trevor’s identity (one the main characters), you can see that the songs represented his heart and soul. The songs were what gave his life meaning. The show wasn’t about him wanting attention, but his insecurity. When he lost Arthur, his partner, he lost a part of himself. You can argue that in the later stages of life, Arthur and Trevor owed something to each other, if not love then their companionship.
I was actually seated in the very front row. I felt that a seat all the way in the front was a bit dizzying. There were points when I felt that the actors were staring at me just because I was up front and it made me a bit uncomfortable. To be honest, front-row seaters are probably some of the most courageous people because they make themselves vulnerable to this sort of experience. Since I had a front seat, I did see elements that others in the back probably didn’t get a good look at. Still, it wasn’t worth the quick glances and stares.
I loved the story line, but I still found so many elements to be missing. I don’t even know if these elements were left out on purpose. I remember Trevor saying something about how sister Etcetera introduced him and Arthur to the nightclub and was later found drowned in the Hudson River. I felt that this sister Etcetera played a huge role in their relationship, but I knew very little about her, which made me question if she was even real. If there was no sister Etcetera on the stage, was this sister Etcetera supposed to just be a symbol? Was she supposed to just be a symbol for the tribulations of being gay? Was she supposed to symbolize something else?
I found that the introduction of an older version of Trevor all the way at the end was a bit random to say the least. I felt like older Trevor was just placed there. Also, if there was an older version of Trevor, then what of an older version of Arthur? The audience wasn’t even told how Arthur died. I feel that there could have been a little more backstory surrounding his death. I would have understood the musical a little bit better in terms of story line. Unless, of course, when Trevor meant dead, he didn’t mean it in a literal sense, but emotionally.
I was incredibly heartbroken when I heard that Arthur left Trevor only to become “straight” in California. Why though? I felt that there should have been more of a story on that. I mean, straight doesn’t just happen overnight. Did Arthur trade his identity for money, for the fame, for the glory of Hollywood or was it something deeper? Had Arthur come to realize that his feelings for Trevor were doing more harm than good and sought to “train” himself to adjust to the straight lifestyle? There are too many words unspoken in this musical.
I found myself thinking, what is it that Arthur and Trevor owed each other? As much as they both agreed to disagree, they did help shape each other into the people they became. When Trevor was asked to show his true self to Arthur, to show what he had become, I wondered if that meant that Trevor should come to terms with who he was. There is a part of me that feels that Arthur would have come back if Trevor accepted himself as he was. They owed each other that much.
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