The Oldest Boy


Celia Keenan-Bolger brings the bittersweet magic of Peter and the Starcatcher and the pain and sorrow of The Glass Menagerie to her new role as Mother in The Oldest Boy.

This, once again, is why I love off-Broadway shows so much. So many more risks; so much more depth. It’s a 2+ hour spiritual dance (and literal ritual dance, at times) between Tibetan Buddhist culture and Western Culture. The value of ritual. The beauty of spirit. The confusion of rationality.

I can’t say enough good things about this play.

Brilliant Buddhist philosophy….”Do you want to know how to never become unfashionable? Never become fashionable.”

The agony and joy of parenthood. The pain of letting go….and when to let go. The foolishness of parenting “theories”….which change with the seasons. “You confuse attachment with love. Love is not attachment.”

CK-B broke hearts with her acting in this one. But every actor was strong. The rituals were mesmerizing. The dance. The tea ceremonies. The excruciating joy of childbirth. The excruciating pain of letting go. The risk of feeling. Simply overwhelming.

Have to see this one again.

About Mark Aidan Bergin

Writer, editor, photographic artist specializing in dance, theater, concert, fashion and street photography....sometimes musician. Explorer of arts, culture and world, and all things Celtic and Gotham. On a good day, or perhaps a bad day, simply a mad (FOOBAR, not angry) scientist.
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