I want to sit here and tell you all about NerdLush friend, Kirsten Vangsness’, one woman show, MESS, but honestly there is no way for me to describe it to you. I could tell you that it is a magical one hour plus of comedic genius- complete with musical numbers and choreography. Or I could tell you it was about kittens.
None of that actually tells you anything. But it is probably the best I can do.
In truth, it is a show about quantum objects. And brown monsters. And space for God. It is a show that explains so much about life while making you ask more questions.
And also making you feel a little (or a lot) dirty. A favorite moment for the audience came around asking, “why is the toilet seat broken?”. I’m not explaining.
This is not a family show- I wouldn’t take anyone under 14. And it isn’t for everyone. I know a lot of theatregoers who wouldn’t enjoy it. But mostly that’s because it isn’t The Sound of Music (nothing against that classic but… I’d rather see something new). This is a piece of art. It is a piece of the heart and soul of the artisit put out for an audience to see.
I’ve been trying to see it for several years- or at least it seems that way- but performances have always fallen on nights when I couldn’t make it. But this run I had the opportunity to make it, and have a girly night out with Charity (complete with fancy dresses and cocktails). I highly recommend it. The bad news is that the next weekend is sold-out. However, Kirsten stated that they might add a third weekend- check the Theatre of Note’s website for more info. If you are able, you might even try showing up at the theatre to see if people do not show up… It’s worth the shot.
Those who expect Kirsten Vangsness to be like her character, “Penelope Garcia”, from Criminal Minds will be in for a shock. I love Penelope and CM… but I’d met Kirsten years ago and she is not Penelope… though they do share traits but that’s it… and I’ve been lucky to see other performances by Kirsten over the years that have truly demonstrated that. Love it. This is why I love knowing actors- to see them do the different performances and stretch from themselves. It’s beautiful.
I’ve wandered off topic- which was to say that I can’t explain MESS to you, but you should see it anyways. If you can.
Do it for the kittens.