The Nest Takes Time To Contemplate

I was invited to see The Nest at the Denver Center on Friday. I invited my sister to join me and have a fun girls night at the theater (we went to dinner too). The show continues at the Denver Center through Februay 21, 2016.

When we looked for a brief synopsis of what the show was about, there was more about the writer, Theresa Rebeck than there was about the play itself. She is known for humor in her dialogue. The brief on the show was simply – “When drinking at The Nest no conversation at is off limits.”

There is an underlying tension between the bar (which is central to the whole play) which represents sort of an old school way of life that is sort of dying. Meeting people at a community location. Drinking together. Getting to know one another (more than our blogs or facebook posts). It dances into addressing the way that our society is leaning more toward chain restaurants, malls and something far more impersonal.

The show literally revolved around the characters. What they think. What they believe. What they tell each other. What they decide not to say. How well you may think you know some people and yet how little you may actually know about them or their situation. Lonely? Desperate? Helpless? Greed? Hopeful? They are all there.

 

The nest

**Stop reading now if you don’t want to know anything about the end**

The Nest did not come to a satisfying end that would make me either smile or be mad. As matter of fact, we were not even sure it really was the end. And I don’t believe we were alone as we walked out of the theater and it was fairly quiet.

Upon our ride home and discussing it – we realized that perhaps no giant satisfying ending was really the point of the show. It was more of a character reflection. Each of us could honestly say that we had known people that would fit the outline of each of the characters and/or saw some of the personality traits in ourselves.

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