Friday, April 24, 2009

Go see this show

Performance: This American Life Live
Theater: Theaters all over the area (like Friendship Heights)
Find a theater: Click here
Genre: Radio in movie form (but not crappy, like the PHC movie)
Cost: $18-20
Date: rebroadcast 5/7
Rating: 5/5 Starving Artists!

Ok, so I know how this works. I write about shows and you read about them and maybe every once-and-a-while you go to see one. But this has to be the exception. You should see this show! Trust me, you’ll thank me later.

This American Life is the magazine show from Public Radio International, their radio show/podcast is a collection of strikingly told stories about the extraordinary moments of ordinary life. Ira Glass hosts a show that is always a great listening experience. Once a year they do a live broadcast that is beamed to theaters across the country. It features some of their best stories and contributors, and this year was no exception. It is heartwarming and hysterical, touching and timeless. The show started with one of my favorite comedians of all time, Mike Birbiglia (of Comedy Central, blogging, and Invite Them Up fame), as well as Dan Savage and Starlee Kine. We also get a treat from special musical guest Joss Whedon (of Buffy and Dr Horrible fame). It’s an all star line up.

Well, last night was the magical night. There were very few moments in this show when I did not have goose-bumps. It was powerful and wonderful. I really cannot stress enough that you should see this show. “But wait”, you say, “I thought this was a one night event”. “True” I say, “but they are doing a special rebroadcast on 5/7, and you should go. I just checked and as of this moment, there are still tickets to see it at Friendship Heights. They will go fast. Click here to order. There are also showing it in the ‘burbs of VA and MD (which is where we saw it). I’ll say it one more time.

This is a don’t miss. Thank me later (in comments).

Also, here is the director of the show, Ira Glass, on Colbert last night:
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1 comment:

  1. Just found your blog via DC Blogs. Great work. And I concur on the awesomeness of this show.


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