It’s Friday night, Downtown Reno. And I am looking for a bit of entertainment.
Indeed, most Friday nights there are many choices for entertainment in this town. This Friday night I have chosen to go to Brüka Theater and see the play that is currently running, Wonder of the World, as I walk from the parking lot to the theater there is much activity, people going here and there; looking for places to be entertained, and nourished. The theater is located right next to the Truckee River on the ground floor and basement of an old Masonic Building. As you enter you are greeted by the box office person who checks off your name gives you the piece of paper with your name on it and send you to the person who will seat you, tonight that person is none other than the director of the play herself. The theater is nice sized and intimate black box theater with plenty of comfortable couches to sink into and cuddle with your date if you have one. This is such a comfortable environment to be entertained in, always seeing friends to connect with before the show. This is a family, the actors and support staff are approachable and friendly, the patrons are loyal and always up for a good conversation. Downstairs is Nicky’s, a wonderful place to get a drink or two as you prepare to enjoy the play. As everyone settles in, shuts off their phones, and gets comfortable on the couches the director comes out and introduces the play.
Tonight we enjoyed wonder of the world. This is the story of two women’s journey to Niagara Falls. Wonderfully acted by Sophie Moeller, Jason Walter, Mary Bennett, Kathy Welch, Michael Peters, Matt Biondi, Kate Atack and directed by Stacy Johnson. This is an engaging and funny story of love, disappointment, and adventure with some friendship thrown in just to spice things up, oh! There is a clown as well. In this comfortable setting this well acted and very well produced play was very enjoyable.
The theater was founded in 1992 and specializes in classic, contemporary, musical, original, and theater for children. For all of these years they have consistently produced solid productions and from time to time push the boundary or two as well. During Art Town in July this year they will be offering a production of the Full Monty, and this promises to be quite revealing. (Did I really type that out loud?)
For further information on the theaters upcoming productions here is a link to their website.