Last night Roger and I had the opportunity to see NO PLACE TO GO at Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater courtesy of Mama Drama and oh my goodness did we ever enjoy ourselves.
I always love seeing shows at The Public and the recent renovation of Joe’s Pub is stunning. It’s a beautiful space and I imagine a dream to perform in. As we settled into our seats and ordered some pre-show drinks, I pointed out the windows across the street to show Roger the studio space where I spent so many days of my college years studying. I remember being a drama student and looking out those windows everyday; seeing the banners hung at the Public and thinking “someday…” The Public truly is one of our city’s cultural gems and I always feel excited and privileged to be there.
Ethan Lipton’s show “No Place to Go” is the story of a playwright who’s losing his day job. As the show’s promotional materials state: The company where he’s worked for the past 10 years is moving to another planet, and playwright Ethan Lipton doesn’t want to go. Part love letter to his coworkers, part query to the universe, part protest to his company and country, NO PLACE TO GO delivers a hilarious, irreverent and personal musical ode to the unemployed in this unforgettable evening.
It’s an incredibly timely show with the state of our country’s economy being what it is. I think we all know someone whose job situation is in turmoil, and even if you’re blessed and don’t, you’ll be able to relate to the humor found in those everyday workplace situations. For instance the last sandwich in the conference room sings to Ethan, reminding me of texts from my husband “how long is bacon good for?…there was bacon in the conference room for breakfast…think it’s still ok?”. We have all been there, my friends, don’t deny it. Roger (devoted office kickball team player) laughed out loud at the song about the office soccer team.
“No Place to Go” was commissioned by Joe’s Pub for its New York Voices Series and Ethan Lipton with his musicians Vito Dieterle, Eben Levy and Ian Riggs really deliver. The final moments of the show deliver a serious love note to being a working (and not working) artist in New York City and why we stay. I couldn’t help but think of all my talented artistic friends who struggle to make here day in and day out and yet wouldn’t have it any other way.
“No Place To Go” is playing now through Sunday, April 8th at Joe’s Pub at The Pub Theater.
Tickets are normally $30, but you can purchase discounted tickets by using the code NOPLACE for $25 tickets which can be purchased by calling 212-967-7555; clicking here; or visiting The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette St.
The Public is also hosting a contest to win a complete date night to “No Place To Go”. Four grand prize winners will receive a pair of VIP tickets and a $40 food/drink voucher for “No Place To Go”, performed in Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater! For info or to enter click here.
Full disclosure: I received 2 free tickets from MamaDrama to review the show. Opinions and random reminiscences are completely my own.