Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

One Night Only

The reason I am in San Jose today was to see a play.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

I had a ticket to the next-to-last performance of The Mystery of Edwin Drood at 3Below Theatre. This musical mystery play, based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens, includes audience participation, specifically in that the audience gets to pick who is the murderer, and along with other branches, this means there are lots of different "paths" through the show.

Drood Cast

I definitely had a good time, and stuck around at late as I could to talk with the cast, two of whom were also in Thanks for Playing the Game Show Show. (And I'm flattered that Jackson Davis remembered "the Microphone guy.")

If I still lived in the Bay Area, particularly if I still lived at the Atrium Gardens apartments near the Gish light rail station (3Below is convenient to light rail downtown), I would have, when this show opened, inquired about the cost of a "season pass" that would have let me attend every performance, just so I could see as many of the show's "paths" as possible. As it was, I got an excellent room rate at the Holiday Inn North First Street in San Jose for tonight only, drove the 300 miles from Fernley to San Jose this morning, and will drive back to Fernley tomorrow.

I was happy that I got to see one of the permutations that allowed a focus on Lilly Guggenheim, daughter to Shannon and Scott Guggenheim, in her first professional role. I made a point of complimenting her on her performance.

3Below (the former RetroDome) has never disappointed me. If I could afford it (I can't), I would take Monday off so that I could stay one more night and see the show's final performance on Sunday afternoon. But now I must have a quick bite of very late dinner (a burrito picked up from the taco place near the Fairmont before I got a train back to the hotel) and get a few hours of sleep before heading for home tomorrow.
Tags: 3below, musicals, theatre

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