Thursday, July 31, 2008

My Sunday With Harvey

Last Sunday I went to see the play "A Catered Affair" on Broadway (a birthday gift from my favorite aunt). It's a beautiful story about a poor family in the Bronx in the 1950s who struggle with the expense of providing an elaborate wedding for their only daughter.

The play focuses on the bride's mother, who wants to give her daughter the beautiful wedding that she herself never had. But I identified strongly with the bride's father, a taxi driver, who doesn't want to squander all of his hard-earned money on catering and flowers. "Of course I want to give my kid a wedding" he yells in frustration. "But I think blowing twenty years of savings on one night isn't right. Is that a crime?" (at 4:50 into the clip)
I was probably the only person in the theater at that moment who was thinking, "SephardiLady of Orthonomics would love this play!"
I chose to see this particular play because I wanted to see Harvey Fierstein perform, and he was incredible. Unfortunately, the play has now closed. I caught the last matinee performance, and Fierstein gave a long thank you speech after the curtain call. I didn't catch everything he said, but I didn't care; I just love to listen to his deep growly voice.
You see? There are some nice things about living in New York.


Leora said...

Yes, I can certainly understand his point. On the other hand, I can relate to her wish, too. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the review.

RaggedyMom said...

It sounds like a touching performance. And I agree, there are lots of nice things about living in New York!

Baila said...

I saw in Harvey in "Fiddler" a couple of years ago. I didn't feel the part of Tevye suited him, but we waited outside after the show and he was a real gentleman who took photos with us and signed our playbills. My kids were in awe.

Benji Lovitt said...

I too saw him in Fiddler, possibly even on opening night. Wow, that was a bit of a stretch.

SephardiLady said...

Thanks for pointing this play out to me.

BTW-I'm on a new mission now. Please inform your readers of the outrageous 5tjt editorial and ask them to write comments to the editor, Larry Gordon. My workout hasn't quite cooled me off.