Rick @ 'The Thanksgiving Play' - who does that?
What’s it about?
A theatre group comprised of people from many walks of life gets together to create a play about Thanksgiving for an elementary school.
By far, this makes the list for one of my favorite shows I’ve attended.
They touched on many different subjects that people may be sensitive to. The show really displayed the trouble that catering to people’s sensitivities can cause, even when performing something as simple as a children’s play — for children — who probably don’t care.
I missed the first five or ten minutes of the show because I was running late. I had no idea there were multiple theatres with the same name all around the city, so I ended up ALMOST going to the wrong theatre. I’m glad I double-checked on the train, but it turned out that I didn’t end up missing much.
With that said, I think it’s best if I retell my experience through each of the characters.
A vegan (of course she had to make that known, like too many times) who really wanted to revolutionize the conversation around Thanksgiving by pointing out the controversial history behind our American feast day. She was nice, but really couldn’t get her ideas across to her team. She was often the cause of her own stress and quite a quirky character. She tried waaayyy too hard to be a mentor for female empowerment, only to realize she was trapped in an unhappy life. She really showed the flip-floppy nature of some people’s moral stances on what most people might consider trivial.
The Street Performer
Pretty much a starving artist who is waiting for his big break by performing on the street. Definitely the “philosopher” of the group who kept swaying the direction of their performance by asking questions like, “Can white people play other races?”, “Am I too white to understand another’s experience?” and, “Can I play an Indian anyway?”
Aside from his philosophical questions, he made really funny comments whenever the other actors said anything stupid, and really, really fell for the actress with sex appeal. A funny comment — my favorite — was, “I don’t mean to offend your perspective or speak out of place, but sound waves travel.”
I DIED when he said that. That’s just low-key nosy, man. Much respect for the justification.
Really Dumb Girl (Actress)
Definitely my favorite character in this play. When I say dumb girl actress, I don’t say it to be mean.
I say it because it’s true.
For example, she applied for her role in the children’s performance as an actual Native American when she really meant that she had acted as a Pocahontas type in other performances.
Who does that?
BUT, she’s hilarious.
She also embodied the archetypal ‘sexy female.’ She flaunted her sexuality to get people to watch her (her own words, don’t come at me). She shared with us her secret moves (hair flips) and even ended up mentoring the flip-floppy director, who realized that she just wanted to live and be simple.
Oh yeah, the entire team called her “simplicity” due to her ability to stare at the ceiling, not care, use her sex appeal and just remain happy. It was quite beautiful now that I think about it.
The Overzealous History Teacher
This history teacher was waaaaayy too excited to share the history of Thanksgiving.
Picture this: He wanted to present gore and severed heads as a depiction of the relationship between Pilgrims and Native Americans! He actually provided severed heads.
That part was ridiculous. He was really stuck on giving an accurate representation of Thanksgiving and wanted to do away with the “happy and loving” interpretation that normally gets taught to children.
All in all, this group of characters had a really dynamic and hilarious vibe. The jokes they made were just the right number of jabs against white people, feminists and vegans. Nothing, in my opinion, felt unjustified.
At the end, the characters realized that it’s almost impossible to create an accurate, revolutionary play without upsetting/offending someone in some way, shape or form. However, they did come up with one way that would work and be “revolutionary” and suitable for children. Which way was that?
Guess you’ll have to go to see the show to find out!
Last, but not least, my post-show bathroom break featured this sign right on top of the urinal.
I thought it was cool.
Do with this message as you wish, friends.
now closed. no worries we gotchu!
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