Thursday, July 6, 2017

It Only Takes One Thing To Change Your Life -- One Woman’s Journey is EXTRAORDINARY

By Elisabeth McGowan 

          Not that this is always the case, but sometimes it’s true. Looking back on how you may have improved something about yourself, your lifestyle, your habits, your choices, etc., what was it that encouraged you to get to where you are now? Was it one person? A friend? A significant other? A family member? An enemy? Whatever the case may be, they affected you in some way that motivated you to change something in your life.

          Even if you don’t want to thank them for this, perhaps you should – if it weren’t for them, how would you have bettered yourself the way they inspired you to? 

         This may cliché to the point where you’re already exhausted. But it’s not wrong. It may sound like one of those cute movie scenes where that one person says one thing and all of a sudden, the main character’s life changes because of that one statement.

        Maybe this isn’t how it is every day, but if you think about it, what is something you learned in your life from somebody else? Maybe you had a friend that helped you figure something out –something you thought you could do yourself. They probably even bothered you a little bit, to the point where you didn’t want their help anymore. But here’s the thing: what if by overstaying their welcome just a tad nudged you to figure it all out – that changed you for the better? 

        Everyone usually associates an experience like this with high school or college years because these are the years where you grow and experience some of the best successes and some of the most heart wrenching failures of your life.

        I mean how could you not start to bond with someone after busy hours in the dorms? Just sitting on the ground somewhere – just talking, figuring things out. Finding yourself. Again, so cliché, but true. 

        This truth is revealed in Melissa Myers’ Extraordinary – a play about a young college girl, Eliza, who has trouble discovering what she genuinely wants versus what is expected of her; her long time friend Nick helps her through this by stimulating experiences and conversations that she isn’t used to. All the while, something may be growing between the two that serves as another factor into how Eliza could find new beginnings in her life.

        What will become of this headstrong girl alongside the lively spirit that Nick is? Only you can find out at the Riant Theatre’s Strawberry One-Act Festival on July 14th, 16th, 
17th, and the 22nd held at the Theater at St. Clement’s: 423 West 46th street, New York.


Extraordinary is a heart-touching drama about a girl who is terrified of her future and what she will amount to. 

Friday, July 14th at 7pm
Sunday, July 16th at 3pm
Monday, July 17th at 7pm
Saturday, July 22nd at 5pm

Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats: $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office

At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th St, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue

For tickets, click here

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