John and I went to see tick, tick…BOOM! at MetroStage last night. It was a terrific evening – the show is solidly performed and directed, with a kick-ass four-piece band. It’s got great lighting and an imaginative set which is a perfect fit for Metro’s little jewel-box house.
The only bad part was that the show isn’t getting the houses it deserves. I don’t know the reason (maybe the piece isn’t that well known), but it’s a terrific ninety minutes of pop/rock by the late Jonathan Larson, who is best known for Rent. If you shy away from the genre, rest assured that the sound is well-balanced (no ear-splitting guitar riffs or vocal wailing) and the story is thought-provoking, particularly in light of Larson’s untimely death.
Get yourself out to see it.