I promised myself that I’d never let an Apple Store Soho event catch me off-guard again — or worse, pass me by. So I’ve been checking their schedule religiously. And lo and behold, about three days before the event itself, I spot a Hugh Dancy on their event calendar. In his ‘Hannibal’ mask. I nearly peed myself with excitement.
I was lucky enough to have attended the event that they had with Mads Mikkelsen and Thomas Vinterberg for Jagten (The Hunt), which was packed with (mostly ‘Hannibal’) fans. Hugh’s event was decidedly smaller. But I didn’t care. I was in the first row, people, with Frenchie and my best friend… just a few feet away from Mr. Dancy’s adorable red-socked feet.
He was incredibly articulate and funny as hell. And I was impressed: he commanded the interview in a way that I hadn’t seen before, at one point guiding the Apple staff to play one particular clip instead of another that they had synced up. He was clearly excited to be there and excited to talk about his character. He even pointed out someone in the audience with a flower crown (“I see a flower crown, hello!”), and seemed decidedly pleased by it. He has a thousand and one facial expressions, and he’s even more attractive in person than in photos or in television. That accent is divine. Lighthearted and very, very polite. But I’ll come back to that later.
I got to ask him a question about Will Graham and if it’s taught him anything about mental health. At least, I THINK that’s what I asked. Honestly, I can’t remember what it was, let alone what the answer was, because he spent the next two minutes looking DIRECTLY INTO MY EYES as he answered. Didn’t look away. Not for one second. I remember nodding and smiling but I was dying inside, not listening. I’m patiently waiting for Apple to release the video of the event to jar my memory.
Now, the main event.
We scrambled out of the Apple Store and tried to find the back door. We did. It was just the three of us and one other fellow. Apple employees came out, by the ones and two, and we waited. And waited.
Finally, a glimmer of Mr. Dancy as he left. He was halfway down the street until I mustered up the strength to squeak out his name.
He turned around and WALKED BACK TO US and asked us how he could help us. Oh, what a loaded question. We asked for pictures and he happily obliged, putting his arm around us. We died. He was so polite and friendly — best celebrity experience EVER. Hugh Dancy, you’ve reached perfect gentleman status in my heart.
(Frenchie: IN CONCLUSION, WE GOT TO TOUCH “THE FANCY” AND WE’RE STILL SCREAMING ABOUT IT.)
As some may have heard, Tennessee Williams’ ‘The Glass Menagerie’ has debuted on Broadway following its successful run in Massachusetts. In my typical fashion, I scored tix as soon as they were available. The play is simple yet powerful, and stars only 4 actors; Zachary Quinto, Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, and Brian J. Smith. It’s a dream-like recount of events in Tom Wingfield’s (Quinto) past which lead him to make choices both necessary and heartbreaking, trapped as he feels by his familial obligations as the “man of the house”.
Never having read Tennessee’s work or seen productions of it, I went into ‘The Glass Menagerie’ completely cold, just how I wanted it. I felt it was important that I get the full effect of the play by having no preconceptions and I’m so glad I made that decision! The play starts somber but then lifts you up…only to send you crashing back down. It’s life represented truly. 99% of the time, I’m in favor of the HEA (Happily Ever After) because life is depressing enough without having reality woven throughout my distractions. I can’t say I minded the opposite of that in this play as it was done so damned well!
To be honest, Zachary Quinto was the initial draw for me and he definitely lived up to my expectations. There also wasn’t a single aspect of any of the other actors’ performances that I felt didn’t FIT. The stand out, though, was Cherry Jones as Amanda Wingfield. She’s been in many a film, as a somewhat background actress, but this woman is AMAZING. Flawless and affecting as the nurturing yet stifling mother, calling our attention to issues we all probably have with our own. So clear was her worry for her children’s future, so annoying her lack of ability to simply let things be when she was all too aware of how limited all of their options were. Cherry really blindsides audiences in the best way and Keenan-Bolger’s turn as Tom’s crippled sister, Laura, was similarly poignant.
For all my praise of Cherry Jones, I was unable to “stage-door” her i.e. the act of waiting to meet actors as they leave the theatre. Why? Well, I’m sure she came out, but I was too busy shaking after having a mere 4 inches between me and ZQ after “stage-dooring” him! You could say that I “needed an adult” despite actually being an adult. *fans self in remembrance* And what is there to even say about him?! We’ll just leave it at “talented” and throw in the “hot as hell” for good measure. Even though he had somewhere to be between engagements (I was at the Saturday afternoon performance vs. the evening one), he was still gracious enough to give the fans a good 15 minutes of his time before dashing off with a small luggage and his handler in tow. Both Celia and Brian J. Smith were equally thrilled at our little crowd so, I can only imagine that Ms. Jones was as well.
If you find yourself in NYC, get thee to ‘The Glass Menagerie’ and you won’t regret the money spent. The Booth theatre is quaint and intimate, oozing that old school Broadway flair, while the play is, of course, full of excellent performances. Not to mention that you get to lavish personal praise on the actors afterwards which always makes for an extra satisfying experience.
‘The Glass Menagerie’ has been extended through to February 23, 2014, tickets available here.