Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Yellow Boat is Open -- Don't Be Afraid

The Yellow Boat by David Saar opened last Friday to great acclaim -- from the few people who saw it. It's like nothing you've seen before from BOP. There's music and dance, but it's not Urinetown. There are poignant parts that might make you tear up, but it's not a tragedy.

The Yellow Boat is a lovely and triumphant celebration of the life of Benjamin Saar, who was once a real live kid, an artist. Benjamin contracted HIV from treatment for hemophilia. All through his life he drew. He drew trains and monsters and boats and rainbows. Benjamin was funny and smart. His father's play gives us all of this, and with the help of a fine cast, BOP honors Benjamin and entertains you.

Yes, there is sadness, and there is regret for a life that was too, too short. We have tissues. Don't be afraid to cry. Don't be afraid to laugh either. There are some good ones.

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