Middletown – The Ride of Your Life!

by | May 29, 2019 | Entertainment News, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

There’s something very surreal about being in a semi-intimate venue, and suddenly in walks Adrian Zmed, Sally Struthers, Didi Conn, and Anson Williams….or in the more common lexicon of people who like to call actors by their character names…’Vince Romano’, ‘Gloria Stivic’, ‘Frenchie’, and ‘Potsie’. 
I think I’ve well established that I place a high value on the faces that comprise the pop culture tapestry of my time here.
So needless to say, it was incredibly cool to watch these particular people delivering this tale mere feet from where I was seated.

I have to be honest, at the outset of ‘Middletown’, I wasn’t quite sure what we were in for. There was some, for lack of a better word, ‘silly’ banter between Struthers and Conn that made me wonder if this was going to be too ‘vanilla’ for a foul-mouthed jerk like me.
But as it turned out, it was because I wasn’t yet picking up on the full scope of what was being presented. These characters at the outset were supposed to be youthful and silly, because ‘Middletown’ is the spoken story of two couples who’ve been friends for 30 years, and the beginning is well….the beginning! And just like in real life, the light-hearted nature of their demeanor changes as the difficulties of life begin to erode their youthful naivety.
Remember when you used to see the world through far more rose colored glasses in your early ’30s?
Just like that!

These ‘couples’ take us on the journey of their friendship, their weekly rituals of Friday night dinners out that become more important than you realize, the tragedies they experience, and the way they help each other pick up the pieces afterward.

If you’re lucky, at a certain point you’ll start to recognize yourself, your significant other, and the couple that you spend most of your time with, in this crew.
And that’s where you’ll be forced to confront the inevitable reality of where the rest of the story goes, and how it will be your tale too.
Especially the Tums part….dammit, how did I get here already?

‘Middletown’ runs through Sunday at the Delaware Theater Company, and you should go see it. 
I mean, when’s the last time four cats like this came to Delaware and told you a story?
*I* tell you stories, but I never ONCE shared the stage with Carroll O’Connor, and half the time even I don’t know what my point is.

Anudder Joe

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