Now. Here. This.

This week, I had the absolute pleasure of seeing Now. Here. This., which is the latest collaboration from the [title of show] team. Hunter Bell, director Michael Berrasse, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Jeff Bowen and musical director Larry Pressgrove have reunited for an exploration of the meaning of life.

That may sound a little audacious, but truly, that’s the essence of Now. Here. This. The title refers to being present - living for the moment. They say, “It is now. We are here. Let’s do this.” This inspirational show, currently being given a lab production at the Vineyard Theatre, is about living in reality and opening your eyes to all of reality’s opportunities.

What’s so incredible about this piece (and about other pieces from these collaborators) is that while they speak of specific situations, they are speaking of universal emotions - the human condition. I was crying throughout the whole thing, and I mean that as a compliment to their honesty and truthfulness. There were so many moments during which I thought, Yes, I know exactly what they’re talking about, even if I’d never been in that particular set of circumstances.

Without hyperbolizing, I can say that Now. Here. This. is truly one of the most beautiful expressions I’ve ever experienced. The passionate artists are working on the show, changing bits everyday. If you’re able to get tickets to this lab production, do. Regardless, keep an eye out for future iterations and make sure you go. You must experience Now. Here. This.

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