Once upon a time I went to a show and it was called End Days. It was by Deborah Zoe Laufer and it was directed by Henry Godinez. It was about this family who lived in this house and the mother Sylvia (Tina Gluschenko) was very religious and she thought the end of the world was coming. Arthur (Keith Kupferer) and Rachel (Sari Sanchez), the father and daughter, did not believe that the end of the world was coming soon. The daughter became friends with this boy Nelson (Stephen Cefalu Jr.) who had a crush on her at her school. And they had like this party where they were waiting for the end of the world but since three of them did not believe it, they were not taking it seriously. And the mother was yelling at them to pray, but the thing is, I think that if the world is ending you should just have the time of your life. I think that this was an awesome new play and I think this was a great production. It was very strange but then it made a lot of sense too. Like there was a guy (Steven Strafford) who played both Jesus and Stephen Hawking. There are not many things that could be weirder than that. But then Jesus and Stephen Hawking are both very popular people in the world so it was great to see them in a different context.
When you walk in, you look up at the ceiling and you see a bunch of things you would find in an office and a bunch of toys. And it looks like an office and kid's playhouse has been blown up because the father used to work in one of the twin towers. The set (by Brian Sidney Bembridge) shows you all the disorder and the destruction that has happened to the family. But it didn't look burnt; it looked like it was all up in the air. And even though they had moved in awhile earlier, they hadn't unpacked everything, so there might have been toys and computers just floating around the house. The set wasn't only the house. It was also a cafeteria and there was also a wall behind it and a swing for some of the scenes that happened outside.
I really liked the scenes with Stephen Hawking, but it felt kind of wrong to laugh at a person in a wheelchair with a funny voice. It would be okay if they told a funny joke. Like when he said "bummer," that was funny because number 1, he was a famous scientist and he would probably not say anything like "bummer." I did find that funny, but then I still found it slightly sad because I was afraid that people were laughing just because he was in a wheelchair and had a computer's voice. I found some of the wheelchair stuff slightly uncomfortable for me because, when he was swinging back and forth next to Rachel on the swing, people were laughing but of course he can't just get out of his chair and swing with her, so that makes it pretty sad too, to see this man wanting to do stuff with one of his fans but he can't. I don't think it is bad that they laughed because it can also be funny and it wasn't really Stephen Hawking. It was just in Rachel's mind. And Jesus is probably also just in Sylvia's mind, but then he could actually be there, depending on what kind of show you think this is. I think it is not a religious show about how Jesus is always there. I think it is saying that Sylvia thinks Jesus will be staying around with her. And then she will go to heaven but she doesn't know about the rest of her family. And I think the show is sympathetic with her because she doesn't know what to do and it is hard on her to believe that her family doesn't feel like any of this stuff is going to happen.
People who would like this show are people who like ceilings covered with stuff, Stephen Hawking, and really cute Elvises. I think people should definitely go see this show because it is funny, heartwarming, and you get to know a lot about different kinds of beliefs. I loved this show!
Photos: Justin Barbin