Saturday, June 7, 2008

Jo Self's Top Five Plays

We asked our good friend Jo Self, creative mastermind behind the Louisville Theatre Hop and Bon Vivant Savant, to name her top five plays, and this is the response we received:

1. The House of Blue Leaves: I love this one because it's zany and complex all at the same time. The characters are so flawed, but sweet. Artie, a zookeeper who wants to become a composer, his crazy (literally) wife, Bananas and his mistress, Bunny Flingus who will sleep with anyone, but won't cook for them as it the only thing she does well. Bunny was absolutely one of my favorite characters ever to play in a show. Though my grandmother was a bit upset that my underwear was showing.

2. Avenue Q: I loved it. Unexpected, cute, heart-warming and dirty, dirty dirty. How could you not love it?

3. Brighton Beach Memoirs: This may have something to do with the fact that I saw Jonathan Silverman in the lead role and it was the first play on Broadway that I saw when I was 12. But I remember laughing so much and just really enjoying the lines.

4. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead: Great twist on a Shakespeare classic - and a bit more entertaining in my mind. I always enjoy seeing Shakespeare pushed to the limits, updated and all around messed with, most especially when it's done well.

5. Arsenic and Old Lace: Classic. Great lines, interesting characters and keeps you giggling. What more can I say?