A theatre show that I highly recommend is “Of Mice and Men” an amazing story written by John Steinbeck and put to play format in 1937. The show is quite a spectacle of a bygone era that painted a bleak and depressing outlook of the human condition in the early part of the 19th century.
The play centres around two main characters, Lennie and George who travel and work together throughout the play. Lennie is a towering giant with a simple mind and a love for rabbits. George being a hard working and affable man who takes to Lennie as a caregiver and protector. Lennie takes to caring for animals and showing the deep love and care but his care sometimes leads to disastrous results and finally death of the animals.
George tries to point out to Lennie what he’s done and guide him along in a protective and guardian-like way. But in the end, Lennie winds up crossing a line and kills a woman. George is caught between the friend and companion he loves and wants to protect and the danger that Lennie poses to the public at large if left unattended. In the end, George brings Lennie in close and they get to chatting about their future plans as the people in the town where they lady Lennie killed are looking for Lennie.
Finally George wraps his hands around Lennie and puts him out of his misery as a sign of release from the burdens of caring for Lennie and the danger he posed. I first saw this play at a small local theatre in Clarksville, TN after having read the book and watched the film and I can say unequivocally that the theatre production was by far more powerful and more stimulating than either the book or the movie.
The theatre brings to life the written work but still leaves much to the imagination. The scenes are decorated but the mind has to fill in the gaps. The actors portray the characters and when viewed live it’s quite a better experience than the cold viewing you get with the film or the dry pages of the book. The characters are alive and breathing out line after line with emotion and passion. Theatre makes for a more extreme rendering of art and is surely to impress. I left the small Roxy Theatre in Clarksville, Tennessee with a feeling of amazement and wanderlust. I can’t beat the drum of support loud enough for theatre as a means of mainstream entertainment.
I urge you never to pass on a chance to view theatre and press you to consider every opportunity to see a show.