I hit up the Big Apple this weekend and caught three Broadway shows. The impetus for my trip was wanting to see Larry David's debut play, Fish in the Dark. He wrote and stars in the play, which is basically a play-length Curb Your Enthusiasm episode (he doesn't play himself, but he totally plays himself, even including the "Pretty, pretty good" catchphrase). As I love Curb and Larry David's humor more broadly, this was clearly amazing. If you are a big Curb fan, get thee to Broadway. You need to see this. It had me in stitches.
You can totally tell it's his first play. Not because of his acting (he seems very comfortable on stage for someone who says he's uncomfortable on stage), but because of the show structure. The play had more scene changes than I've ever seen. It also had a huge, huge cast by modern Broadway standards. You could tell that he basically wrote a television arc to be put on stage rather than writing a play. Luckily David is awesome at writing televisions arcs.
Seth Myers and Alan Alda were in the crowd (gotta love NYC celebrity sightings...people think seeing a *barf* congressman counts as exciting in DC).
Up next was Peter Gallagher and Kristen Chenoweth in the revival of On the 20th Century. I had little interest in the musical per se (and it did prove to be unmemorable from a musical perspective, though the plot was amusing enough). I just wanted to see Chenoweth live (and she turned out to be even more of a firecracker than I expected!). Turns out Sandy Cohen is pretty good on stage as well. Though the old people sitting around me had no idea who he (or The O.C.) was. Worth it to see her. Would never see the show with other actors, as it's not good enough.
Last up was the best theatrical performance (even if I enjoyed Larry David more) of the weekend: Skylight featuring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan. Both were outstanding in the relationship drama and Nighy gets bonus points for his character being a Chelsea supporter.
On my walk from the theatre to my favorite bakery in NYC (Schmackery's in Hell's Kitchen -- get a funfetti cookie and thank me later) I passed by Wallace Shawn on the street. Some tourist was talking to him: "You look familiar. What were you in? You were in Seinfeld! Weren't you in Seinfeld?" No, you idiot. He was in The Princess Bride. And Clueless. And apparently was the voice of the dinosaur in Toy Story (thank you, IMDB).