Sunday, November 27, 2005
Went to the matinee this afternoon of "The Other Side" starring Rosemary Harris and John Cullum (except at today's performance I saw Cullum's understudy, Bev Appleton). The show is running at the Manhattan Theatre Club's New York City Center Stage I.
It's an intense little show about war -- between countries and between parents and their children. Harris gives an amazing performance as a Mother who has been waiting for the return of her son for over twenty years.
The Manhattan Theatre Club produces a subscription season of shows in a handful of theaters around Manhattan. They have two smaller theaters in the basement of the New York City Center -- a beautiful Moorish style building that has an enormous auditorium on the street level -- the Alvin Alley Dance Company is currently performing in the Main Auditorium.
The audience today seemed like a real New York crowd. I'm guessing most of the audience were subscribers to the theater. I liked the show, but I heard a lot of discontented muttering on the way out. In fact, when the show was over several seemed unsure if the show was actually over or if it was simply an intermission.