- Dan Merlo
Anybody see How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere? at On the Boards last weekend? That shit was weird. Before I went, a friend texted to warn me that the show was "eminently walkoutable." By the time it was over, nobody had walked out and people were crying:
Immediately after the opening-night performance of How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere? at On the Boards, stunned-looking audience members wandered over to the lobby bar, most of them for shots of straight whiskey. One of the staff members behind the bar dabbed tears from her eyes with a paper napkin and said, "I can't talk about it right now," and some audience members had tearstains on their cheeks. Sarah Wilke, managing director at On the Boards, said that tonight was the first performance in several cities—New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis—where nobody walked out during the show.
On the Boards likes to say that it wants to divide its audience in thirds with any given show: one-third loving it, one-third hating it, and one third baffled by it. How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere? split me in thirds—sometimes I loved it (the film and the dancing), sometimes I hated it (why use that 102 year old sharecropper as a simple puppet, a stuffed animal, instead of letting him tell us something about himself?), and sometimes I was baffled by it (the long sobbing jag).
Read more about it—plus plays about punk rockers and young Hamlet—here.