Everyone in New York seems to have a talent for something. Even more unfairly is how my friend Maddy has talents for two things. For months now, I’ve heard her sing beautifully – and today I went to see her act.
I jumped on a train from Penn Station with Lindsay and an hour and 15 minutes later, we were in Madison, New Jersey – a gorgeous, quaint little town where there seemed to be very little but absolute silence.
We went to the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, where Maddy was taking part in J.M. Synge’s Playboy of the Western World. I love this play (about a newcomer who’s idolised after revealing he has killed his father) and was keen to see how a group of Americans pulled off those Irish accents.
I was so impressed. And I may be biased, but Maddy’s was particularly good. The play still hasn’t lost its appeal or humor, and the acting was brimming with energy and perfect comic timing.
What a great little trip. Sometimes it’s a treat to get out of New York – for a breather and also to be reminded that it’s not the centre of everyone’s world. I love the city, but it did make me want to explore these cute suburban areas – that remind me of home – a little more.