Who do you think was the first person Steve Rick Rolled?
Steve discovers Roll Rolling one night while working through the list of music recommendations Sam and Natasha had given him. At first he thinks it’s a random ad popping up in the middle of the music video. Then he reads the comments. Nearly every one involves swearing and the term ‘Rick Roll’d.’ Google, as always, is unbelievably helpful and Steve laughs out loud to himself upon reading the Wiki page.
Sam is first.
Steve: Otis Redding is terrific - thanks for the recommendation. Found one you might like. Let me know what you think.
He pastes the link into the text before hitting send. He smirks and waits.
Sam: Steve Rogers, you Rick Rollin’ sonofabitch! Dammit, man. Who knew Captain America was such a troll?
Steve’s sharp bark of laughter echoes off the walls.
Steve:On your left
Sam: You’re an asshole
Sam: Fifty bucks says you can’t get everyone else
Steve:I won’t feel bad taking your money, you know?
What an interesting, sometimes funny, sometimes scary but
definitely thought-provoking night of theatre. I’m talking about Darren’s one-night
performance this evening in White Rabbit Red Rabbit. The tag line on the theatrical poster reads “You
won’t see it coming, and neither will the actor.” That’s a good way to sum up where this play
by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpou takes both the actor and the audience.
A different actor performs the play every Monday night at the Westside
Theatre in New York City. He (or she) is handed the
script in an envelope just before coming onstage, with little if any prior instructions.
Rick Rollins (Darren’s manager), Darren’s brother Chuck and
Mia were seated in the row behind us. When Darren came out on stage to cheers
and loud applause, you could tell how excited and psyched he was for this
performance. Plus, if you’ll forgive me ten seconds while I objectify him, the guy
is stunning. Okay, moving on.
I don’t want to give away any details about the plot because
part of the magic is to experience the play as it unfolds, along with the actor. There’s some audience participation, there’s
some hilarious moments, and there are moments that will chill you to the
bone. It’s about actions and
consequences, and things not always being what they seem.
Darren did a fantastic job of bridging the gap between
himself and the audience, as well as the gap between himself and the
playwright. He ably met the role’s
challenges head on. He also can do an awesome
imitation of an ostrich (and a cheetah imitating an ostrich). I hope we can see him in many more theatrical
productions, because the guy was born to be on stage. Can’t wait to see what’s
in store for him professionally after his part of the Hedwig tour ends.
Huge kudos to the audience member who read the final lines
from the play. You were outstanding!
Shout outs to my dear friends @flowerfan2 and the road warrior, who were there
with me. Also to @flickerthenflare, who
I met for the first time, and to @mshoneysucklepink who I just missed seeing there.