I caught Story of a Rabbit last night and fell a little bit in love with the rumpled Welshman Hugh Hughes. His poignant and personal story relies heavily on his friendly demeanor.
Before the show, he stood in the entryway and greeted audience members, shaking hands and thanking people for coming. Once the show started, it didn't even feel like it had started because Hughes spoke to the audience throughout about how he had planned certain aspects and how he worked multimedia into the performance. It's a very meta experience.
A word of warning if you're planning to see this show. Get there early! Latecomers are shown no mercy. And Charleston should be embarrassed to know that we broke the record on lateness last night when one couple clocked in at 23 minutes late. They blamed it on parking. And then they kept talking back to Hughes as he tried to move on. Ugh. If you're late, please just sit down and shut up.
Tomorrow, Hugh Hughes will join Martha Teichner for the free Conversations With series at 5 p.m. in the Simons Center Recital Hall. I highly recommend seeing this one. If his show is any indication, you'll get a warm, frank conversation with a pretty funny guy.