How I Learned To Drive
First let me start off by saying that I have never seen a play presented in a black box theater. I thought that it was going to be just a little different from a "regular" theater, only in scale, but I was caught by surprise when I entered.
My initial reaction when I took my seat was discouraging, since I thought that it was going to have a much larger stage and many more props. To be honest with you, I thought that I was going to have to struggle through the hour to hour and a half show, but I was wrong. After the first twenty minutes of the performance went by, I was enjoying myself a lot more than I expected.
I also thought that the play was going to be all about learning how to drive, an assumption that I got from the title.
I was surprised again. I had no idea that the play was going to be about a family that was screwed up as bad as this one. I thought that the play was going to be funny and tragic since learning how to drive is supposed to be a fun milestone in someone's life, although tragedy sometimes occurs because of lack of experience.
When I was watching the play, I felt extremely bad for Little Bit since her Uncle was so physically and mentally attracted to her. He was using his ability to teach Little Bit how to drive to his advantage. The time that Little Bit spent with her Uncle learning how to drive should have been for her advantage, but that was not happening. Every time they were together, her uncle used it to get a little action, and was scarring her for life.
I thought that this play was a great representation of reality, since these things do happen. Every child thinks that learning how to drive is going to be the greatest thing that they will experience, since it will give them the freedom to get away from anything that they want. In reality, it sometimes ruins your life, either by an accident or some other sort of tragedy, or in Little Bit's case, a horror story.
As I said before, I was totally caught by surprise when I entered the theater, but when I left I was impressed. I was really glad that I was able to experience a play performed in a black box theater. I was more impressed with what I consumed from the experience, rather then the play, since theater is completely new to me. I am not saying that I did not like the play, I actually loved it, I'm saying that I love the theater experience that I got out of it. This was the first, and certainly not the last play that I will attend in a black box theater.