Friday, November 1, 2013

'LUCE' at The Claire Tow Theatre

I am a huge fan of LCT3 and the 'LinkTix' program offered by the Lincoln Centre.  'LincTix' is a discounted ticket program for 21-35 years, which offers $32 seats for performances at the Lincoln Centre Theatre.  You also get access to pre-sales of all LCT3 shows, all of which are all only $20, and the opportunity to attend post-show cocktail parties.

This week I was lucky enough to attend such an event at the Claire Tow theatre, where the new play 'LUCE', written by JC Lee, is currently showing.  'LUCE' tells the story of an adopted high-school student with a bright future. He is star of the football team, gets good grades and is popular with his peers.  However, when a teacher feels uneasy about an essay he writes, she checks his locker finding a bag full of explosives.

The story starts with teacher Harriet, (played by Sharon Washington) telling Luce's Mum Amy, (played by Marin Hinkle of 'Two and a Half Men') of her discovery.  Amy's actions following the news show a mother torn between the love for her son and the possibility that he might not be as perfect as she and her husband thought.

I thought that Marin Hinkle (Amy) and Okieriete Onaodowan (Luce) were the strongest of the cast and their performances were excellent.  The scenery and staging were simple, but extremely effective, and moved slickly from scene to scene.  As the theatre is so small you can observe this powerful performance up close and personal, which make all the difference to a theatre experience.

After the performance we were treated to a cocktail party in the theatre bar.  There was a free bar serving soft drinks, beer and wine and a table of hors d'oeuvres, with fresh fruits, cheese and cakes.  Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to sample anything as I could face the giant crowd surrounding the table!  However, they did have big buckets of popcorn at the bar, so we had some of that with a glass of wine. As the cast came out I was lucky enough to meet Marin Hinkle, who was so friendly and happy to talk about the play, she was lovely!   My husband also met Okieriete Onaodowa and had a brief chat with the actor.  It was wonderful to meet them and congratulate them on an amazing job.  It was a great end to a brilliant evening.

'LincTix' is completely free to join and you can sign up at http://lct.org/linctixMain.htm.  'LUCE' is currently playing at the Claire Tow theatre until the 21st November.  You can buy tickets online at https://www.telecharge.com or for LincTix members at https://membership.telecharge.com/golinctix.aspx?PID=&FID=2

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