Last night the hubby and I went out on a date. It’s been eons since we have done this but we were celebrating our 32nd anniversary – it was a delayed celebration given that we were married 2/20/82 but he gave me a most wonderful gift this year, tickets to a show.
A little backstory – I ADORE Broadway musicals. When we lived in New Jersey we would head off to New York 4 – 6 times a year for a show and I’d go 4 more times with friends or my mother. I also had season tickets to a summer stock theatre on Long Beach Island where I grew up and would see a play once a week there. Did I mention that I love musicals? My father gave me this gift. He also loved Broadway and old movie musicals but that’s another story.
Since we moved here to Montana there hasn’t exactly been a wealth of opportunities to see Broadway calibre shows. If I saw something playing in Missoula the timing was bad or we didn’t have the money or blah, blah, blah. It took a while to get the yurt built, the garden stable and our life here organized but we are finally in a very good place and I saw the ad – Wicked was playing in Spokane.
This was a play that had come out just as we left on our odyssey of traveling about in the fifthwheel. It is a play that I’ve wanted to see for well, 11 years. I sighed over the ad and bemoaned the goats as they control our lives and our schedule. Oh well, someday I said. I thought nothing more of it until he passed me two sheets he had printed and I almost fell over – he had bought tickets for the show!
I was about crying. He is sometimes the most romantic man in the world. I couldn’t figure how we were going to do it as I thought Spokane was much further away than it is. (He’s in trouble now though – it’s the same distance as driving to New York from where we lived in New Jersey! Just a little more mountainous.)
The drive was gorgeous – a show all of its own. I do love this part of the country!
We also went out to dinner. He asked me to find somewhere. I looked at him funny – how was I going to find a restaurant in Spokane? He said look in Yelp. O.M.G! Have you ever looked through reviews on Yelp? I never had so much fun. I was hysterical reading some of them. I learned that Spokane is not “a city for eating out”, “not a foodie city” and my very favorite quote about a restaurant that shall remain nameless – “nugget of mediocrity.” I was laughing so hard I was crying. So we looked at Coeur d’Alene.
That fared a little bit better. We both love sushi and I found a lovely restaurant by the name of Syringa. The service was exceptional and the sushi was delicious. It was a nice stop on the way. I don’t like dessert immediately after Japanese food – I’m weird – so we decided to get that in Spokane. More fun! We went to a frozen yogurt place called Froyo Earth. Has anyone ever been in one of these? It was a first for me and I was like a kid in a candy store! There are different flavors of soft serve frozen yogurt and you pick want you want and serve it into your cup then there is this humongous toppings bar. You pay by the pound.
OMG! What absolute fun. The clerk was laughing at me ’cause I was having so much fun. I’d never seen anything like it. The hubby was laughing at me – he’d been in one before. He says I really need to get off the farm more. I had milk chocolate, cake batter and white chocolate mousse soft serve yogurt with pretzels, malt ball pieces, butterfinger pieces and jimmies. Yes, I crashed but it was so worth it.
Then we headed to park for the play. We were about half an hour early so we sat to read in the Riverside Park. It was a lovely evening. We were happily reading along when we realized we had crossed a time zone and had an hour and a half! duh…good thing we had brought our books!
So after all of this, how was the play? First I want to write that the actors were excellent. The two leads had exceptional voices. The theatre? It.Was.Awful! It was held at the INB Performing Arts Center and the sound was horrible. If one person was singing it was fine but if the whole cast was singing you could not distinguish any of the words – they just became loud noise with the music. LOUD being the operative word. The orchestra was frighteningly loud. I almost jumped out of my seat when the first notes were played. We were in the fourth row and there were baffles back a bit further so we don’t know if that would make a difference so we are going to try one more show and sit back a little further to see. The problem is with my eyesight I can’t go back too far or I’ll be watching the whole show in double vision. Gah.
The building has been there since 1974 so you would think would have done something to adjust the acoustics. The floors are concrete and the walls some manner of composite. There was really nothing to help the sound. There are 100 year old theatres in New York with better sound.
Oh well, it was still a lovely night with the most wonderful man in the world. A lovely dinner, a fantastic dessert and play I’ve been wanting to see forever. Yes, a wicked good time!