Last month I ended my boycott of the new Guthrie (mad about the old one being torn down) to see my friend Phil Callen portray Georgia senator Lyman Hall in 1776.
The new building is stunning. The interior of the Wurtele Theater is a virtual carbon copy of the old space–intimate, with every seat a good one. The “bridge to nowhere” is unique and has awesome views of the river and skyline (including the eerie site of the 35W bridge collapse). The best view, however, was in the hard-to-find ninth floor, with tall, yellow-tinted windows. The restaurants looked great–I especially want to visit Cue, even though Lenny Russo is no longer involved.
The play was very enjoyable. It’s always fun to watch shows with people you know and the “charismatic” Phil Callen didn’t let us down. Love to see live musicians too–just like a Cirque show…
Best of luck to Phil as he heads out to New York. He will return to the Guthrie later this year performing in the Dowling Studio’s production of Pen.Originally published by DK on September 9, 2007 at 11:44 am