Saturday, September 13, 2008

Meaningful Theater

Last evening my husband and I attended the opening night production of Underneath the Lintel, a beautifully written play by Glen Berger. It is a one-character play, performed by Thomas Putnam, the Artistic Director of Hamilton-Gibson Productions, our local community theater.

The essence of the play is about a librarian from Holland who discovers a book that is 113 years overdue. The story took us on an amazing journey, captivating us every step of the way as the librarian relates details of his search for clues to the identity and whereabouts of the person that borrowed the book.

Due to the absolutely superb acting and story telling ability, the audience was pulled in and carried along as a wonderful backdrop for life was created. We felt the gamut of emotions from deep sadness and regret to sheer happiness and joy. It caused the viewer to reflect on their own life as a result of the learning this librarian encountered and the story he told. Afterwards the audience was given the opportunity to discuss the personal impact of the play on them. In listening to the comments and insights, it took an already very meaningful experience even deeper.

It was truly a night to remember, not only for how lovely it was to be touched by such a beautiful story and impeccable acting skill, but also due to the universal connection to what is most important in life shared by us all.

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