I went to see a play yesterday that I didn't know anything about. I like when that happens. What I like even more was the fact that the play was delightful. Simple in its construction. I appreciate that. As a writer I realize that simplicity in a play is not always easy to achieve. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Less is always more.
What was simple about Jack Goes Boating was that it didn't need a large cast or tons of set pieces or special effects...it's a play about relationships--real people dealing with the ups and downs of life and relationships and interpersonal connection. I saw myself in a couple of the characters--I like it when that happens too.
I found the piece to be quite enjoyable and afterwards I found out it originally premiered Off-Broadway in 2007 at the LAByrinth Theatre Company with Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz. And apparently, Mr. Hoffman went on to make his directorial debut with a film version of Jack Goes Boating. I saw the movie trailer and I'll probably wind up renting it...but nothing compares to seeing live theatre.
So do yourself a favor if you live in Portland and go over to Artists Repertory Theatre and see this show. You'll leave the theatre with a smile on your face, and these days it's nice to have something to smile about! I'm really loving the theatre scene here in Portland...I'm very glad to be here!