Yesterday afternoon, Doug and I, along with the other old people that go to matinees so they can be home before the street lights come on, saw Next Fall at The Ensemble Theatre.
In a word, this play is lovely. A treat of storytelling through conversations and memories, it was wonderful. Doug and I rarely have such a shared reaction to anything, but we both agreed this was one of the best plays we’d seen in a while, if not ever.
It’s hard to explain, but the intimacy of Ensemble lets you inside to hear and feel, and ultimately relate to these characters. This intimacy is one of the (many) things that makes this location THE BEST PLACE for live theater in Cincinnati.
Themes of love and family and what it means to be comfortable in one’s own skin; appreciating the beauty that is within another even if we don’t agree or even understand it. Simple themes, and the complexity life lends to them.
After the show, Doug and I went to Lavomatic for dinner and had the first real conversation we’ve had in a very long time.
The run has been extended til February 19th – don’t miss it.