POST: 'Overheard At Joe's' - There is no story. There is no action.
What's it about.
A crowd has gathered at Joe's for Happy Hour. Every night at Joe's, for Happy Hour, the crowd settles in for drinks, food, and spends that hour telling stories with each other. You are that crowd, these are your stories.
Editor's Note: Did anyone else hear the Law & Order *dun dun* in their head after "these are your stories"? No, just me? Ok.
There are certain wonderful times when theater fully and whole-heartedly catches you off guard. For me, this was one of those wonderful occasions.
Don't have expectations when you're going to a show, just don't. I've written about this before, and I keep thinking I've learned my lesson, but I haven't. I had a weirdly clear vision of what this show might be. Actors hide amongst the audience, and interact with them (got that so far) and then, at show time, something happens and the audience follows the actors as the story unfolds.
There is no story. There is no action.
The actors spurred the conversation forward, and then the ball was in the audience's court. People who I immediately took for being the actors at the beginning of the show noticeably don't speak again. There are supposedly eight actors handling this show, but I find two still unaccounted for, assuming I was actually right about which six I think were the actors.
We talked about family, religion, and communicating. Based on the way some of the confirmed actors interacted, it definitely feels like there is a story unfolding, albeit slowly.
And what I ended up experiencing here was one of the most fascinatingly weird 90 minutes I have ever had at a production of any kind. It was a show, it was just a weird, fun, experiment too. You're thrown headfirst into this world and the assumption is that you're here because you chose to be here, and you want to talk to everyone. But the waitresses are still serving food and the bartenders are still getting you drinks. The conversation and the reactions are real.
You know, it's New York City. Every single person is a story unto themselves, and the point of the show was to remind everyone there that there are stories you carry, even when you don't realize that you have them. I was one of the first brought up during the discussion of religion, and it was weird. I found I ended up spurring on a conversation about faith and got to hear what the rest of the people around me thought.
You old enough to drink? You wanna to see something cheap? You wanna to have one of the most unique theater experiences you're gonna get in this city? Head to Joe's, where it's always Happy Hour. And your voice matters. And the craziest thing? Everyone wants to listen.
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