rick rollins

Rickroll’d.

fucking Christ, that was bad. Possibly my worst (best?) pun yet.

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Darren in White Rabbit Red Rabbit

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.