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He Says: Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower: A Hilariously Starry Night Every Night, 8 Shows a Week

He Says: Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower: A Hilariously Starry Night Every Night, 8 Shows a Week
I would see the gorgeous and talented Laura Benanti do almost anything on stage. I will easily admit to that. She’s a great actress, hilarious when need be, and a musical theater genius. Just find a way to see her in Gypsy or She Loves Me (I believe it was screened on PBS before heading to BroadwayHD) and marvel at her greatest on all levels. So seeing her onstage in Steve Martin’s brilliantly funny and absurdist play about relationship survival techniques was a total no-brainer. And to no one’s surprise, she sparkles, as does the play, and like the stars, comets, and meteors shooting through space above us reflecting back brilliant light, Meteor Shower is creating a dazzling display nightly. Don’t miss the chance.
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Amy Schumer. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

But it’s not just Steve Martin (Bright Star, Picasso at the Lapin Agile) and Benanti (Women on the Verge…) who shine. Amy Schumer (‘Trainwreck‘) making her Broadway debut, best known for her television show, ‘Inside Amy Schumer‘, and her film work is having a blast with this team of pros playing wife, Corky, squeezing out every laugh she can from the playful dialogue, to hair-raising improv’d moments, to the way she walks across the stage in her sensible high heels. She is joined in this new age marriage by Norm, portrayed by the solidly funny Jeremy Shamos (Broadway’s Noises Off), matching Schumer in timing and genuine ridiculousness as they await their abstract visitors for a night of sky-gazing at a Meteor Shower. They hear each other, feel each other, and show respect constantly, quite brilliantly, as if guided by a plethora of self help books and tapes on perfect coupledom. It’s spot on perfection. Ridiculously so.

But can they survive the onslaught of their guests, who represent all the terrible qualities of each other rolled up. The two stroll in, looking as sexually alluring and behaving as boastfully persistent as any couple could in the appealing form of Benanti and the wonderful Keegan-Michael Key (The Public’s Hamlet). As Laura and Gerald, the pair are the physical manifestation of all that is wrong in Corky and Norm’s relationship. The couple from the dark side have a plan and it is obvious from the get-go, but will it work against all that Corky and Norm have meticulously prepared themselves for?
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As directed with skill and perfect absurd timing by Jerry Zacks (Hello, Dolly!, Shows for Days), this game of life and survival zip along with a number of restarts and redos all aimed at winning the game, and coming out the other end with hooks intact. But everyone wins in Martin’s play, from the gorgeous and smoothly versatile set by Beowulf Boritt (Come From Away), to the perfect costuming by Ann Roth (Shuffle Along…), excellently meteor lighting by Natasha Katz (School of Rock), and explosively solid sound design by Fitz Patton (Torch Song) while the cast delivers hilarious line after line in this trippy new play. But in actuality, we are the true winners of this night, happily taking in each deliciously wicked moment and playful asides. And yes Benanti, please wipe that liquid up because in those stunning high heels, we would be horrified to lose you to a puddle. Now that would be criminal.
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My love for theater started when I first got involved in high school plays and children’s theatre in London, Ontario, which led me—much to my mother’s chagrin—to study set design, directing, and arts administration at York University in Toronto. But rather than pursuing theater as a career (I did produce and design a wee bit), I became a self-proclaimed theater junkie and life-long supporter. I am not a writer by trade, but I hope to share my views and feelings about this amazing experience we are so lucky to be able to see here in NYC, and in my many trips to London, Enlgand, Chicago, Toronto, Washington, and beyond.

Living in London, England from 1985 to 1986, NYC since 1994, and on my numerous theatrical obsessive trips to England, I’ve seen as much theater as I can possibly afford. I love seeing plays. I love seeing musicals. If I had to choose between a song or a dance, I’d always pick the song. Dance—especially ballet—is pretty and all, but it doesn’t excite me as, say, Sondheim lyrics. But that being said, the dancing in West Side Story is incredible!

As it seems you all love a good list, here’s two.

FAVORITE MUSICALS (in no particular order):

Sweeney Todd with Patti Lupone and Michael Cerveris in 2005. By far, my most favorite theatrical experience to date.
Sunday in the Park with George with Jenna Russell (who made me sob hysterically each and every one of the three times I saw that production in England and here in NYC) in 2008
Spring Awakening with Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele in 2007
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (both off-Boadway in 1998 and on Broadway in 2014, with Neal Patrick Harris, but also with Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell, my first Hedwig and my last…so far),
Next To Normal with Alice Ripley (who I wish I had seen in Side Show) in 2009
FAVORITE PLAYS (that’s more difficult—there have been so many and they are all so different):

Angels in American, both on Broadway and off
Lettice and Lovage with Dame Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack in 1987
Who’s Afraid of Virginai Woolf with Tracy Letts and Amy Morton in 2012
Almost everything by Alan Ayckbourn, but especially Woman in Mind with Julia McKenzie in 1986
And to round out the five, maybe Proof with Mary Louise Parker in 2000. But ask me on a different day, and I might give you a different list.
These are only ten theatre moments that I will remember for years to come, until I don’t have a memory anymore. There are many more that I didn’t or couldn’t remember, and I hope a tremendous number more to come. Thanks for reading.

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