When was the last time you saw live theater?
If’ it’s been longer than a year, you have a problem. I know I go on and on about the benefits of theater for children, but watching a play is just as good for your health as participating in one.
Andrew and I love the Granite Theater in Westerly Rhode Island. It beats fighting crowds and parking issues at larger theaters like the Shubert or the Bushnell. And, I’m not one for those heavy dark intense one act monologues that some of the college theaters put on. No offense.
The Granite is vintage. It’s light. It’s fun. It’s reasonably priced. And it’s about 1/2 a mile from the Malted Barley. More on that later.
Last night, we saw Skin Flick. It’s a comedy about a couple who is in financial trouble and decides to make a porn film as a way to get back on stable ground. As you can imagine, making a porn isn’t easy.
The two leads were good, but my favorite character was the sidekick best friend. He’s out of a job too, bumming on their couch, and ends up as the camera guy for this porn.
What fantastic comedic timing he had. His faces during the one “sex” scene had the crowd in stitches. And since the Granite Theater is mostly people over 60, it was even funnier to hear the old ladies wetting their pants about three rows back.
I’ll just leave it at that.
I will admit– there were a few too many jokes about rockets and hard-ons, but what else are you going to do with a play about a porn that has to remain PG-13?
Now, about the Malted Barley. We found this place last year completely by accident. It sells…pretzels. And alcohol.
Stuffed pretzels, sugared pretzels, pretzels with caraway, all sorts of dipping sauces…
Did I mention it sells pretzels?
So Skin Flick was even funnier because we’d been at the Malted Barley drinking and eating pretzels for two hours.
This is the takeaway this morning: