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Michael in "Scarcity"
Thank you so much
to Mercy for writing a short summary of her trip to New
York in October 07 to see the play, “Scarcity.”
My husband and I
arrived in New York on the morning of October 12th. The
first two days we went sightseeing and took lots of
pictures of the city. New York is a wonderful place to
visit because there is so much to do and see. First,
there are so many shows on Broadway and Off-Broadway
that you would need a whole year to see them all. Aside
from the Theater, there are also the museums, the stores
and a wide variety of restaurants.
The morning of the
14th before heading for the Linda Gross Theater, we saw
the Columbus Day parade down the Avenue of the Americas.
It was very colorful and the music was great.
arrived at the theater after walking over 40 blocks, but
we didn’t mind the walk. People-watching is always fun
to do, especially in New York. Once in the theater, we
met with other friends that had come from as far as the
Netherlands and Canada to see the play.
about a dysfunctional family living in rural
Massachusetts. The drama unfolds around their daily
struggles to survive on food stamps and the mere salary
of the wife, Martha, played by Kristen Johnston.
Michael T. Weiss
plays the alcoholic and usually unemployed husband who
easily gets into fights and relies on his 16 year-old
son, Billy (Brandon Espinoza) or Martha’s cousin, Louis
(Todd Weeks) who is a cop to rescue him and bring him
Billy and Rachel are both very bright kids and
practically the adults in this deteriorating family.
When Billy gets accepted to a prestigious school with
the help of his teacher, Ellen (Maggie Kiley) everyone
can see that the young teacher has some personal
interests on the young Billy. As this new drama reaches
its boiling point, younger sister, Rachel envisions her
very difficult situation for now she will be left alone
to deal with her unfit parents, but she desperately
hopes to follow her brother’s footsteps and leave
someday to better her life.
The play itself
was kind of depressing, but it also had a mixture of
comedy and a few very moving moments. All in all the
performance by the actors was great. Both, Meredith
Brandt, the 11 year old actress who played the daughter,
Rachel and Brandon Espinoza who played the son, Billy
gave Wonderful performances.
and Michael T. Weiss were both Amazing together making
the audience experience the feelings of despair, chaos
and helplessness that engulfed their troubled
life-style. Their performance brought this drama to
life on the stage and when the play ended we were sadden
because deep inside we hoped for a positive change in
the life of this family.
After the show we
waited outside the theater and had the pleasure of
talking to all the actors and obtain their autographs.
Michael T. Weiss and Kristen Johnston were both very
grateful, courteous and quite generous giving autographs
and taking pictures with all the fans.
After the play we
all went to eat out together and after that we went for
a walk in the streets of New York and of course we took
more pictures. New York nightlife is amazing.
I had a wonderful
time in New York and seeing Michael T. Weiss and all my
friends again was Great. The only thing I regret is not
having more time to see more of this beautiful city, but
I hope to return soon and I’m definitively looking
forward to seeing Michael back on stage again.