“Late night fries and a beer at the Anchor with Angela.”
So recalls, fondly, one of the characters in “Lightning and Jellyfish,” my new play running at Theatre on the Square through Nov. 9. It’s about the life of a woman from her Jersey shore days onward, fueled by music (primarily Springsteen and Dylan) and a search for honesty.
On the surface, the “late night fries and a beer” line doesn’t say much. But underneath it, I hope, rests memories that anyone (over legal age) has of conversations spent with a friend, new or old, discussing matters, large or small, over cold ones. Such nights populate some of my fondest memories of growing up in Wildwood, New Jersey.
Grabbing a beer at one of the local drinkeries is something I hope people do after seeing the play, which I’m thrilled is being staged at Mass Ave’s most visible theater.
As a theater junkie, I’ve got a lot of opinions about the art and craft of playmaking. One of them is that theaters don’t do enough to engage patrons after they see a show. Sure, there’s the occasional post-show talkback or please-fill-this-out survey. But, in an ideal world, every theater lobby would be open after the show for beers and talk.
The fries are optional.
Lightning and Jellyfish runs at Theatre on the Square through November 9th. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.tots.org.