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My friend Scott, summed it up far more eloquently than I could...but I did have to say a few things.

If at all possible, see A Normal Heart while you can. This may not happen again in our lifetime.

I came home full of things to say and thoughts I wanted to express. Instead, all I could do was cry.

It's a wonderful work, well written, beautifully directed and acted. The all white stage with it's difficult to read messages of despair, very touching.

I don't think there was one person on that stage who wasn't perfect for the role they were playing.

One of my current favorite actors on Broadway was there, Tony Sheldon who is currently starring as Bernadette in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The two readers of this journal and my Facebook will note that I ran into Nick Adams on a Wednesday night not too long ago as well.

I wanted to approach Mr. Sheldon after the show and just say Hi and tell him I loved his performance and wish him the best at the Tonys. However, everyone was crying when the show was over, it just seemed so wrong to say something to him at the moment. Really, it seemed wrong to say anything.

I also saw Cynthia Nixon and her partner, both with tears streaming down their faces as they headed West on 45th street. [livejournal.com profile] anarchy_lime spotted Kathleen Chalfant, I did not. Nor did I realize who she was until I googled her.

So, if I was a real critic I would write. "Go see A Normal Heart. Take some tissues, and someone you love. When the show is over, tell everyone you love again and again that you love them. Don't stop."

And if you're reading this. I love you.

Date: 2011-06-03 05:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] althrman.livejournal.com
Thank you. You have no idea how this fucks with my universe today, but thank you. Not an hour ago was I talking with a friend about this very production, both of us wishing we could see it, both of us knew Larry Kramer, in the day, both of us long term......I love it when the universe just smacks up upside the head, just to let you know it is there, a sad day with wondrous moments. This be one of them.

Date: 2011-06-03 05:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wonderboynj.livejournal.com
You are one of the people I wish I could experience this with.


Date: 2011-06-03 08:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teddyb.livejournal.com

What a great post.

And what a wonderful testament to the power of live theater. With that recommendation, I will have to make sure I get to see this production.

Thanks for sharing this!

Date: 2011-06-03 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tinman11201.livejournal.com
Thanks for sharing this! We saw it a few weeks ago and loved it, as much as you can love something so heartbreaking and real, especially if you lived through it like I did.

I moved here 27 years ago in January of 1984. I was 21 years old and those of us not actively involved politically still didn't know how this "disease" was transmitted until almost 1985 when more prominent and public info was available. The film "Long Time Companion" could have been written about me and my friends, so many of whom are gone.

I lived through it and yet seeing the Normal Heart last month, I felt as if it could have been written today, so much of it was still relevant. The only difference now is that men aren't dying right away anymore. The ignorance and promiscuity is all still there, the lack of government help, all of it.

Okay, I'll get back to the play. I agree with you that everyone seemed perfectly cast and I can't imagine, as an actor, doing something so emotionally draining 8 times a week. Everyone should see it!

Thanks again, and I love you, too.

Date: 2011-06-03 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dendren.livejournal.com
ugh... Longtime Companion... one of the best of the many heartwrenching HIV-gay movies of the 90s. I haven't seen it in years, it just hit so close to home when I saw it originally. I still tear up thinking of that final beach reunion scene...

how did we survive all of that?

Date: 2011-06-03 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tinman11201.livejournal.com
Oh, I am a sobbing mess during the final beach reunion scene, I can't watch it anymore, it's too close to home and personal.

Date: 2011-06-03 04:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dendren.livejournal.com
that scene is oddly hopeful for me. Still made me a sobbing mess when I saw it but it makes me hope that someday someway I will see all the friends (and frenemies LOL) I've loved and lost over the years.

We had some incredible beach parties in the 80s... a beach reunion would be pretty darn appropriate in my book...

Date: 2011-06-03 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tinman11201.livejournal.com
yes, I agree, and in my mind, spirit never dies and I will most surely experience them again some day.

Date: 2011-06-03 03:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dendren.livejournal.com
I saw Normal Heart *many* years ago, I'd love to see it again. Wonder if it will make it's way back to SF.

Date: 2011-06-03 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joebehrsandiego.livejournal.com
Brian - Many thanks for this post.

Date: 2011-06-05 12:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barkis.livejournal.com
I am dying to see this!

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