We went to church but had to leave a few minutes early as we had a lunch reservation at Seasons 52 with Hannah and Thomas. After lunch we went to see a play at the South Coast Repertory Theater… The Fantasticks…
The Fantasticks is a 1960 musical with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. It tells an allegorical story, loosely based on the play “The Romancers” (“Les Romanesques”) by Edmond Rostand, concerning two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud. The fathers hire traveling actors to stage a mock abduction, so that Matt can heroically seem to save Luisa, ending the supposed feud. When the children discover the deception, they reject the arranged love match and separate. Each then gains disillusioning experiences of the real world, seen in parallel fantasy sequences. They return to each other bruised but enlightened, and they renew their vows with more maturity.
The show’s original off-Broadway production ran a total of 42 years and 17,162 performances, making it the world’s longest-running musical.
After the play, we headed for the Santa Ana Elks for the Jam Session!
When we got home we went next door to visit Vicky as she is leaving in the morning on vacation!