GO: FELIX AND THE DILIGENCE

Off- Broadway plays may not be in the usual OAK deck of Tuesday night misadventure cards- but here I am at four AM on Monday night purchasing tickets to see a play about cod fisherman in the 1940’s.  The Pipeline Theatre is presenting in a short run a new play written by Colby Day and directed by Daniel Johnsen.

Among the members of the cast and crew, my breakdown is as follows: Sam Chapin was my very first next-door neighbor when I moved to New York.  Nathaniel Katzman was my very first downstairs neighbor that I met in New York.  Daniel Johnsen lived in the very first NYU dorm whose threshold I crossed.  Colby Day was the first movie producer to make me cry and quit halfway through a shoot.  He is also the kind of writer who  you’d like to imagine  being in high school — he has the ability to access our nostalgia and appeal to the need in all of us to look tough and be smart and not feel.  Nevermind the fact that I may or may not be in love with him.

Felix and the Diligence brought me sea monsters in incredibly clever costumes, the repudiation of heartbreak, a grand musical ballad, and solved one of the greatest mysteries we humans have pondered since the tragedy: What happened to Amelia Earhart, and why was she such a slut?  I also always like a soundtrack that reminds me of the time in my childhood (okay, when I was 15) when I played Pirates of the Caribbean for an entire summer.

Here, Colby Day has created comedic roles for women in a world where these parts go mostly to male actors.  The solution:  make the girls play vulgar men, and milk the switch for all it’s worth.  Nicole Spiezio, Arielle Siegel, and Meagan Kensil carry the weight of the play on their shoulders, and outshine and outham everyone else on the stage.  Siegel plays a Twelfth Night-esque ingenue that does not give me the cringing second-hand embarrassment that Amanda Bynes did in She’s the Man.

Did I mention that you can drink throughout the entire performance?  And there is a free time machine for personal use before, during intermission, and post-show.  But I must warn you to be careful: she’s finicky.

Young people doing something, believing in something.  Wanting you to believe that we bright young things can be smart and funny and risk it all and well: maybe you’ll end up with what you never thought you ever wanted, and maybe you’ll just get your heart broken (you really can’t control the open seas.)

Felix and the Diligence is running at the Connelly Theater until October 8th.

Buy your tickets here.  Please.

www.piplinetheatre.org — Text by Megan Dodge

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