It’s been well over a year since I saw Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and the show popped into my head the other day. Saw the Broadway Website is still around. The set for the show was beautiful and It’s ones of those shows I always come back to.
My show started tech today, and my SM was a tad bit…intense. All day. And of course it got worse the longer we went on and we ended very late in the day. We did end, eventually. But, right as we’re leaving the building, there’s an accident in front of the entrance to said parking lot.
So, we all hang around waiting for the area to get cleaned up enough that we can leave–some of us even helped sweep up glass. As I’m pulling up to FINALLY get out of the parking lot and wait for a break in traffic, one of the guys from the accident walks up to my car and just starts going off at me, cussing up a storm like I’m the one who caused the accident. (For the record, I didn’t even SEE the accident, let alone cause it)
My SM, who is out on the curb sweeping up glass, sees the guy yelling at me and and gets…intense with him and asking him not to mess with “her girl” while brandishing a broom at him.
Moral of the story: intimidating stage managers are great…when they’re on your side.
Finally made it to see this show in its closing days and I am glad I did. It’s incredible in many levels, from the stellar cast, the writing, and the direction and design. Robin Williams plays the ghost of the tiger than wanders 2003 Baghdad encountering soldiers and Iraqis - both ghosts and real as they all seek understanding of life, death, God, art and so much more amidst a world in ruins. Rajiv Joseph’s play is visceral, intense and darkly funny much like his very different play that I got to see earlier in the year, Gruesome Playground Injuries, which while less philosophical than Bengal Tiger, approached its themes of growing up, love, and friendship with the same genuine emotional understanding.