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The Men of Mah Jongg, by Richard Atkins
Inspiring play, not your usual drama/comedy
Saturday, January 16, 2010
5.0
I'm a pretty jaded theatre-goer in the fact that I've seen a lot of great theatre and seen a lot of junk. So, when I choose to attend the theatre, I usually have a quandry as to what I should see, what preconceived notions I have about the type of piece I go see, etc. Consequently, it's a miracle that I even get out to the theatre because of my many biases, quirks and eccentricities. It was the title "The Men of Mah Jongg" that intrigued me and so, I went, feeling like I didn't necessarily want to sit in the theatre and watch men sitting around a Mah Jongg table playing some weird Chinese game. But something told me to go and check it out. Needless to say, I was actually riveted to the stage. Something I haven't been for quite some time. I felt myself forgetting I was in the theatre and eavesdropping on four elderly Jewish men who have a hell of a lot of problems, but I felt myself caring for them, laughing at them, pitying them, etc. I won't go on about the play, but I will say that it is groundbreaking theatre in the fact that it is a drama with great laughs and a comedy that hits you right in the heart. After seeing "Avatar" the other night, I wanted something simple and easy to understand. What I got was not simple, yet enjoyably complex, deep, stimulating and with a grand sense of humor. Hey, maybe there's hope for me yet!

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