I recently discovered Laguna Playhouse. I don’t know why it took me so long to find this gem. I love theatre, especially musicals and plays and it’s a short 7 minute drive from door to door. Last night I went to the US premiere of Act 3 staring Rita Rudner and Charles Shaughnessy. I had never seen Rita Rudner perform before, although she’s been in over 3,000 solo shows in Vegas, but I loved Charles Shuaghnessy from The Nanny. Even though he’s quite a bit older than me, I always had a crush on him. His handsome looks draw a wide audience of women. It was no different last night at the playhouse.
The play is about their relationship and the struggles of monotony and connection. While their scheming seemed outside my realm of reality, hopefully, I could understand and relate to the message. They played well off of each other, like they’d teamed up for years, and at intermission the positive buzz filled the playhouse.
At the end, we rose for a standing ovation and Rita graciously thanked the audience. Then, the major shocker was revealed. The play was actually based on real-life experiences and the couple was sitting near me in the audience.
I spend half of the intermission and at least three minutes at the end of the show saying how unbelievable it would be for a couple to behave that way toward each other and how even more unbelievable it would be for the lady to take him back and then they stood up and waved to the audience. I was mortified. Did they hear me? Did they feel embarrassed? Did they even care? It made me think about all the things I’d done wrong in my life and how I’d feel if it was being performed in front of an audience while I sat there watching and listening. It was only then that I was the one that felt ashamed. Who am I to judge? Who hasn’t done something wrong to their partner? (Maybe not to this level, but nonetheless.)
Do you want to know what happened? You’ll have to go see it for yourself. Act 3 opens on Saturday, January 9th and runs through Sunday, January 31st at the Laguna Playhouse.
What’s the worst thing you’d ever done to your partner? Are you willing to share?