I wasn’t sure what I was signing up to…meeting at The Tivoli and then going to a secret location on King Street.
Sending in a punk song ahead of the show – what even is punk?
Being encouraged to sit in the front row…DANGER!
But what can I say? I loved it!
Trust me when I tell you that I’ve seen a lot of theatre. A lot.
I’ve been there, done that and sometimes get my kicks sitting in the audience picking up the general arc of what’s happening and then kicking back knowing how it will all play out.
The best plays, however, are the ones that sucker punch you right in the guts.
The ones that have an emotional core that even if you know what’s going to happen still knocks you for ten.
The Cold Record is that play.
It’s deceptively simple but thanks to a wonderful actor (Eli Weinberg) and some great script (Kirk Lynn), this is one powerful play.
So without any spoilers (trust me, go in fresh, it’s so worth it!) here are some of the things I loved about The Cold Record:
1. Everyone is welcome, everyone.
2. Music connects us across generations, genders and backgrounds.
3. It gets deep. Quickly.
4. There is real eye contact: it’s scary, exhilarating and rarely done with such intensity between strangers. Get into it.
5. You get out of it as much as you are willing to put in.
Oh, and take your best headphones, you’ll want to have all the feels on the way home as your pump up the volume on your own mixtape.