Wow, today ended up being the best adventure of this Days of New experiment so far! I found out last night that some of my friends were going to see The Book of Mormon in Chicago. In a moment of impulse, I got myself a ticket too. It was the last one in the same seating area with my friends.
So today I hopped onto the train for a directshot into the city. I love trains, they always symbolize adventure to me. Perhaps because of all the trains I rode when I was traveling throughout Europe. And now every time I take a train into the city I feel a tingle of anticipation and excitement. Today was no different, and I was able to sit back, genuinely relax, and watch the world pass me by through the windows.
I made it to the Bank of America theater just in time. As I walked in, some nicely dressed guys looked at my ticket and then handed me a pamphlet. I walked a bit further to a woman who then scanned my ticket. As she did, she pointed to the guys outside the door and said “Those are actual Mormons, we don’t hand these pamphlets out.” That’s when I looked closer at it and realized it wasn’t a playbill, but an actual pamphlet for The Mormon Church. I found this hilarious that Mormons stood outside the theater trying to recruit people!
I made it up several flights of stairs and to my seat mere minutes before the show began. My friends were all there already and so I was excited to see them and talk with them for a few minutes until the show began.
And what can I say about the show? I absolutely loved it! I had always heard the show was good, but this blew away even my high expectations. It reminded me of the South Park Movie musical, and it was probably offensive to people who don’t like swearing or are highly religious. This doesn’t apply to me or my friends however, and so we had a blast. The acting was phenomenal, the dancing and singing were great, and I absolutely loved all the tricks they did with lighting and props and backgrounds as they constantly changed sets throughout the play. It was a pretty great time and I was absolutely glad I went. I laughed a lot, and the fact that the uptight couple next to me barely even broke a smile just made me laugh even harder!
We were all buzzing with laughter as we left the crowded theater to the bar across the street. Our waiter was awesome and I was able to enjoy some fun and conversation with friends before we finally began splitting ways and heading back home. It was a late night, but a fun adventure into the city, and one of the highlights of my experiment!