Last month I had the opportunity to run away for a weekend with my sister. She's the kind of family that you'd pick if you got to pick your family - I just love her. And I'm fortunate to have such a good friend in her. We flew to New York city for the weekend and had an amazing time.
New York is a place like no other. I don't think I really appreciated that until this visit. (The only other time I had been there was as a penniless college student, so that was a different experience entirely.) The energy created by that many people – different kinds of people – in one place creates an atmosphere that is wonderful. I loved it.
We spent a great amount of time just enjoying each others company, without kids or husbands in tow. We ate amazing meals, gawked at a few celebrities, shopped a little, biked central park (succeeded in making it from the bike rental place to the park without becoming Manhattan road kill – bonus!), and went to a Broadway play.
The play is what I want to tell you about. It was phenomenal, and I cannot get it out of my head. We saw Once. We didn't do tons of homework and we bought half price tickets two hours before the show in Times Square. And what a happy accident it was that we saw this show.
The play started in the most organic way – as a bar on stage serving cocktails to audience members with what looked like pickup musicians playing stringed instruments. And then slowly as the audience returned to their seats with drinks in hand, and the musicians assembled a little more cohesively and before you knew it, the play had started. I was swept off my feet before the first line was delivered.
The music itself filled the theater and I felt completely immersed in it. All the actors played instruments. Set in Dublin, the story was lively and lighthearted at times and melancholy and heartbreaking at other moments. The music and actors had me completely engrossed. There was humor that kept things light, but at the core, the story was about love. Once was a glimpse of the intersecting paths of two people... you'll have to go watch to find out more.
So if you have plans to visit NYC anytime soon, do try and fit this into your schedule. (And don't be afraid so save a few dollars on "partial view" seats. It turns out the partial view is from the far side of row two.) If you can't get to the play, look for a copy of the movie. I watched when I got home, thanks to my friend Laura and it was also wonderful. I'm a new fan now of Glen Hansard.
Soon I promise to be back with things that I have actually made... since that was the original point of this blog. But I just had to tell you about Once. XO