Ah, Wilderness!

No, I didn’t take a trip into the forest,but I did go downtown to Center Stage for the opening night of their new production of Eugene O’Neill’s play….that’s right….”Ah, Wilderness”. I love Center Stage. The Pearlstone Theatre is so intimate…all the seats are great, and you’re so close to the action, no matter where you sit. Now the play.
I truly enjoyed it. While no theatre critic, I took a trip back to a sweeter, more innocent era than the one in which we now live. O’Neill himself described the play as a kind of “wishing out loud”, for a life he himself never got to lead, nor most of us, I’m sure. But it’s also about a young man who has many yearnings, which his parents think are immoral and dangerous…and they’re trying to mold him into being the kind of young man THEY think he should be. Ummmm, sound like your folks?
Bob Braswell is wonderful as the young man…..He has a real sweetness about him, that is perfect for an idealistic young man on the cusp of adulthood.And the play is very funny!!
Anyway…go see it….it’s at Center Stage through April 15th.
And if you’re looking for dinner beforehand, we went to The Helmand, on Charles St., Just 3 blocks from Center Stage, so you can walk over and back…no problem.
If you’ve never tried Afgan cuisine….let me assure you, it’s delish! We had Lamb Lawand, boneless lamb sautéed with fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, and herb seasoning topped with a dressing of yogurt and sour crème. Served with sabzy (spinach) and challow(rice), and Chopendez, Tenderloin of beef, marinated in fresh garlic, Afghan seasonings and onions char-grilled. Yummy. And for those of you who are fans of Helmand, you know that this place is a great dining bargain….most entrees are around 13 bucks! Nice reasonable wine list…and try the Kaddo Borawni…
pan fried and baked baby pumpkin seasoned with sugar and served on yogurt garlic sauce. I know, I know, it sounds like pumpkin pie, but it’s a fabulous appetizer.
I was so happy to rediscover this jewel, and on a Wednesday night, it was packed! Reservations never hurt, though we didn’t have any, and they had room anyway…good evening!

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