Saturday, August 03, 2013

Loving Leo at Weston Playhouse, Vermont

View behind the Weston Playhouse
Last weekend, my friend Kari and I road tripped north to blissful Vermont.   It was my first time in the quiet state (physically and more or less metaphorically) and I admit that I wasn't ready to return to the boisterous civilization that is New York City. 

Our inspiration for the trip was to see Loving Leo at the historic Weston Playhouse in Weston, Vermont.  The combination of friends, travel and theatre made for a great adventure.   I highly recommend making a theatre trip to Weston.  While you're there, treat yourself to a stay plus meals at the wonderful Inn at Weston.

My dear friend Noah Himmelstein directed Loving Leo, a new musical written by composer Zach Redler and lyricist/playwright Sara Cooper.  The show is about a married couple who only begins to mature and face their commitment to each other after they take in the wife's step-father.  It's a lovely and sweet dramedy that tackles some heavy scenarios.  

This was my fourth time to see a collaboration of Redler and Cooper.  It's exhilarating to experience mature and thoughtful drama coming from such young creative team.   Combined with Noah Himmelstein's sensitive eye for detail, the combination is magical.   Noah has collaborated with the writing duo on Male Identity & Triptych in Grant Park Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, as well as Cooper's play Things I Left on Long Island.   I also saw the beautiful Memory Show by Redler and Cooper produced at the Transport Group earlier this year.

The Director Noah Himmelstein & me

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