The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey written and performed by James Lecesne was simply stunning and...funny and smart and relevant and heart-breaking. James is such a great storyteller that a subject that you'd think would be desperately sad and depressing - the brutal and senseless murder of a 14-year-old gay boy - actually allows you to walk out of the theatre with the teenager in your heart, wondering, Can I have such an influence on the people I meet, the town I live in? Do I have the guts, like this teenager, to be my "true self" even if it means everyone will judge and criticize me? The boy, Leonard Peckney, stays true to his character and it ultimately costs him his life. But this is a play of hope and light, not despair. And Mr. Lecesne's astonishing ability to play numerous characters, shifting from small town cop/detective to an - in your face - beautician and then segue into her 14-year-old daughter, is seamless. His performance is riveting. I can't recommend it highly enough. It has a limited run at the Westside Theatre (Downstairs) at 47 West 43rd Street in New York City. I believe the last performance is on Oct 4, 2015.
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|West Bank Cafe|
|Roasted Beets Salad|
|Grilled Peppered Shrimp|
What more could you ask for? A great night at the theatre...
...followed by a a delicious meal.
Break-a-leg and Bon Appétit!