Friday, March 9, 2018

Lobby Hero on Broadway




Hey y'all! I must tell you briefly about an outing I had with my two besties, my usual Broadway partners-in-crime. I think this is my first Broadway show of the year, in fact--and it's kind of a different one, since Lobby Hero is a play and not a musical. Written by Oscar winning screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea), Lobby Hero also marks the Broadway debut of Chris Evans aka Captain America aka one of the Men I Google-Stalk the most often. 

Gah! He was on stage and everything, guys. 

The play also stars Michael Cera, Brian Tyree Henry, and Bel Powley. Basically, it takes place in a Manhattan apartment building's lobby, where Michael Cera's character is a graveyard shift security guard/doorman and subordinate to Brian Tyree Henry's character. Bel Powley is a rookie New York City cop and her partner is the older and somewhat shifty Bill, played by Chris Evans. 

In brief, the play was hilarious--Michael Cera has really good comic timing--and the way the four characters played off each other was energetic. But the play gets into much deeper territory: what is the truth? Do you always have to tell the exact truth? What if you're protecting a loved one? What if the truth will protect you? Does the truth set you free? And what does being a cop or in any other uniform do to someone's personality?

It was seriously interesting and I think the audience was pretty into it. It was definitely a younger audience than we usually see for a theater crowd (by younger, I mean a lot of the people around us were about our age range--somewhere in the mid-twenties to mid-thirties). So, Evans plays kind of a douchebag and during one of his more douchier moments, a woman in the audience gasped and was like, "Oh, no, no." In fact, I think there was a collective revulsion from the women in the audience as a whole during that part. 

Okay, so, there's a certain matter of a mustache. That is, Chris Evans has a mustache for this role and we nicknamed it the 80s Pornstache. But it kind of works for this character? I mean, he's not a particularly nice fella. Also, we'd heard that he was doing a New York accent for the part which immediately made me cringe inside because I hate listening to actors attempt New York accents because "dey nevah fuckin' soun' ri'."

Digression: By age 13, I had a pretty thick Queens accent (only NYCers will claim that there are differences between Long Island, Brooklyn, and Queens accents...but there are subtle differences) which I then spent most of my teen years trying to lessen. Thankfully, I've lost it. 

...Back to the topic at hand: Chris Evans' accent was noticeable but it didn't bother me, actually. The sounds sounded familiar and he is playing a police officer and New York cops tend toward really thick New York accents. 

Also, as this was Evans' Broadway debut, I was just hoping that the play was good and that he would be good in it--and he was! Yay! Lobby Hero is on a limited run, but I hope Chris will come back to Broadway in the future!

2 comments:

  1. I would be excited to see Captain America in person!! I’m so happy to hear it was good! I love it when big actors go to broadway and do a good job. :)

    Lucky for us in the south, southern accents are easy to mimick. I still get offended though. Lol! We don’t all talk like that!

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    1. It was really cool! He didn't look like Captain America at all, which really made a difference.

      Aren't there different kinds of Southern accents? I just have this visceral cringe mode when I hear really thick, nasal New York accents on TV.

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