‘Tuesdays’ come alive at Playhouse
Published: Thursday, June 27th, 2013
Word to the wise: if anyone plans to see the newest play at the Black Hills Playhouse, bring a box of tissues. Or maybe a case.
The Playhouse followed the season’s first success, “Boeing Boeing,” with another smash hit, “Tuesdays with Morrie,” based on the true-to-life book written by Mitch Albom.
The play begins in a happy setting with Morrie (Jeff Kingsbury) dancing while Mitch (Dan Workman) speaks about his teacher, mentor and “coach,” with whom he was close throughout his college career.
Morrie attends Mitch’s graduation and makes him promise to keep in touch as he enters the real world. Only he doesn’t. By the time the two meet again, 16 years have passed. Mitch is a successful sportswriter and Morrie is dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Once they renew their friendship, Mitch's visits to Morrie become a regular thing. He flies from Detroit to Boston every week and spends Tuesdays with Morrie. During the visits he begins to learn some of the secrets of life and death.
Kingsbury is endearing from his first appearance on stage to his last. He is witty and wise without being overbearing. As the play goes on, his health worsens, which Kingsbury flawlessly portrays. When Mitch begins to question him about life and death, Morrie tells it to him straight with the best lines (some of which steal the show): “Tears are OK.” “The most important thing in life is learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” “Dying is only one thing to be sad over. Living unhappily is something else.” “Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”
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