VHV Goes to the Westchester Broadway Theatre

| May 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

Westchester Broadway Theatre
1 Broadway Plaza
Elmsford, NY
Phone: 914-592-2222 (Box Office)
Ticket Price: $48 (includes dinner)

We recently had the pleasure of visiting the Westchester Broadway Theatre. We went there as part of my daughter’s 14th birthday celebration. We thought that taking her and two of her best friends to see the play 13 would be perfectly appropriate.

Inside the Westchester Broadway Theatre

The Westchester Broadway Theatre is a small dinner theater that makes it impossible to sit at a bad seat. I was a bit concerned because discovering the play was a last minute find and our table was located in the last row of the theater. After being seated, I realized my concerns were unfounded. Not only was our seat the best seat in the house (in my opinion), the atmosphere was cozy and warm.

We attended a Saturday lunch matinee. The menu had something for everyone. We had a choice of Chicken Marsala, Pork Loin, Eggplant Parmesan, Cheese Ravioli, Filet of Sole and of course, the obligatory Chicken Fingers and French Fries. The meal comes with a Caesar Salad and dessert. For an additional charge you can order soda, wine, beer and spirits and specialty desserts.

Everyone gave the food two thumbs up. Not only was the food good, but the portion sizes were more than adequate. With such an enjoyable meal and atmosphere, the day could only get better with the performance.

13 – The Performance13

When thinking about the Westchester Broadway Theatre I have to separate the theater review from the performance review. While I give the theater two thumbs up, the performance was not quite what I expected it to be.

The play is about a young Jewish boy who, nearing his 13th birthday, is given a strong dose of life in that his parents are separating. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he is then forced to move from New York City to a small town in Indiana.

The plans for his Bar Mitzvah party went from being the best party in NYC to struggling to find enough ‘friends’ to attend the party. The small town didn’t know what a Bar Mitzvah was, never mind attend the event.

As the play unfolds, it took us through the usual teen (or pre-teen) quest for popularity, interest in the opposite sex and understanding what true friendship is all about. The issue I had about the play is that it seemed to spend quite a bit of time and effort around the kisscapades (not truly sexcapades) of the football captain and the school vamp.

With songs and scenes dedicated to getting “The Tongue,” (and pleasures that follow the tongue), I truly wondered if I was so totally out of touch or our 12 and 13 year old children truly so “tongue” preoccupied? Even if they are, do I truly want to take my child and her best friends to a play where a large section of the play is dedicated to getting “the tongue?”

I guess in the play’s defense, at the end of the play, one of the main characters takes a virginity vow (yes, the characters are 13). I don’t know, maybe I’m too old fashioned, but I think the play should have been entitled 15 or 16. I’m not so sure about 13. Think about it…do you want your 12 (soon to be 13) year old sitting through a play where one of the main characters is “tongue-whipped?”

The actors and actresses did a fine job of acting and singing. I especially enjoyed the performance by Matt Stout who played the character Malcom.

Teen Aged Perspective

When the play was over, asked how they enjoyed the play the girls said,
“I enjoyed it. It was good.”
“I thought they would never get through singing.”
“I’m glad it’s over.”Westchester Broadway Theatre

If you’ll note, in teen speak, that is a luke warm to cool review. Nowhere in their conversation did I hear the usual “awesome,” “that was sooo funny,” “I’d like to see it again” or any of the usual teenisms I’ve grown accustomed to when they enjoy something.

Final Comments

When visiting the Westchester Broadway Theatre, pick your play wisely. There is no doubt that you’ll enjoy being at the theatre, just make sure you enjoy the performance as much as the theatre’s ambiance.

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