Oops. I went to see Just Theater‘s production of Jason Grote’s 1001 way back on Friday, but things have been so busy since then, I neglected to mention it until now — its last week! Only four shows left!
1001 had its world premiere back in 2007 at the Denver Center, and I remember it making quite a stir. Crazy good reviews, great word of mouth, etc. Because I’m in-the-know and finger-on-the-pulse and have-access-to-email, I was able to get a copy of the script, and after reading it, I spent two years dying to see it.
So I was psyched to hear Jonathan Spector was able to get the rights to it for Just Theater. It’s the perfect kind of show for Jonathan, who’s particularly good at directing plays with intricate language and sprawling storylines. And on Friday, I was not disappointed, even with that much of a build-up.
Many critics have gone nutso for this production, calling it “compelling,” “engrossing,” “mesmerizing,” and “wildly successful.” My feelings were best summed up by Sam Hurwitt on The Idiolect:
“The whole show is a spellbinding, often hilarious and intricately tangled celebration of the power of storytelling…it’s a fantastic production of a brilliant play that makes for an almost giddily exciting evening at the theater.”
Now look: I waited two years to see it, then I waited four days to write about it. But the thing closes in five days, so if you are interested, don’t be like me.