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Pain Meds Can Be Funny

Maybe the title of this blog post should be, ‘Never take a sales call when you’re goofed up on meds’, but that’s too long.

That’s exactly what I did and the result led to one of the funniest experiences I’ve had in a long, long time. Something I wouldn’t have done without being goofed up on pain meds.

You’re probably wondering why I was on pain meds, let me assure you it was nothing terrible or nefarious, just a bit of laser surgery to remove an old tattoo I’m no longer in love with. That’s a whole other blog post, though. ;)

So Andy, a sweet guy from The Old Globe Theater calls me one night and asks if I’d like to get season tickets for the Globe. Every summer my friend Laura and I go see a Shakespeare play so I thought, sure! Actually, the pain meds thought it was a grand idea, the sensible part of me that doesn’t make snap decisions involving money was saying, ‘nooooooo!’. The pain meds won and I ignored boring old sensible me.

Part of the season ticket package was a play called, ‘Nobody Loves You’. A musical comedy about a reality show. Yes, you read that right. A musical comedy about a reality TV show.

What’s not to love about that, right? If you think I love trashy TV, you haven’t met my friend Laura. She’s addicted to everything from The Bachelor to The Real Housewives of Everywhere. So I knew she’d be excited for the play.

Sunday rolls along and off we go to Balboa Park to see our play. Except we sort of forgot it was Memorial Weekend and half the city wanted to be exactly where we were. We ended up parking a mile away with only ten minutes to go before final curtain call. Wouldn’t you know, this was the day I chose to wear my cute, strappy little sandals.

Ignoring the blisters forming on my feet (they are hideous!), we made it to the Will Call window just in time. Yay! There was a bit of a mix up at the box office about what day we were supposed to attend ~ they thought Saturday and I insisted it was Sunday. In truth, I was goofed up on pain meds, it might’ve been Saturday. Still, there was a moment of panic when I thought perhaps my ungraceful loping from the car to the theater might’ve been for naught.

Then a super sweet guy told us there was plenty of room, go right in. Thank you charming man with the headset!

The first thing you should know about the theater is that it’s small. We’re talking minimalist stage props on a twenty foot diameter stage with seven rows of seats. Let’s say it’s cozy.

The next thing you need to know is that Laura and I were clearly the youngest attendees. Well, except for the one teenage boy who was mortified for half the show and kept hiding his face. He was adorable and we couldn’t help but laugh at his expressions.

Lastly, you must understand that this is a musical comedy about a young man who, in an attempt to win back his girlfriend, goes on a ‘dating’ type show. Having a working knowledge of social media and the various sub-genres of reality shows is essential. The play basically makes fun of all reality shows. In song!

I’m sure by now you’ve all figured out why this was one of the funniest experiences of my life. The play was a riot. I highly recommend if this play comes to your town, run to see it!

Added to the hilarity of the play was the fact that half the time it was ONLY Laura and I laughing at the jokes. Did I mention we laugh really loud? I think I gave the poor guy next to me several mini heart attacks. Sorry sweet old dude sitting beside me!

The cast loved us. They would seriously look at us and wait until we finished laughing. Laura and I thought the only thing that would’ve made the play better was if it could be interactive. More audience participation would’ve rocked.

I guess the whole point of this post is that I took a chance on something I normally would’ve said no to, and from that I got a truly amazing experience. Sometimes, you just gotta get goofed up on pain meds to quiet the sensible voice in your head! Okay, not really but there are times when it pays to take a risk.

Have you ever had an amazing experience that might not have happened if you didn’t step out of your comfort zone? Please share with us!

Here’s a brief video that encapsulates some of the show, but really it’s way better live with the actors right there in front of you. Enjoy!