Monday, November 25, 2013

Tea and The Great Comet of 1812

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It's not often that a tea blogger gets invited to an off Broadway show, or any show for that matter. This show was special in that they offer a tea service at their matinee performances. Natasha Pierce and the Great Comet of 1812 is a musical based on War and Peace. +Jo J and +The Snooty Tea Person join in on the fun and my boyfriend Jason rounded out our table, even if musical theater isn't really his thing. What could be better than sharing tea and a show with friends?

I had been expecting the usual old fashioned theater so I was surprised to find that this show located in a tent. However, once we stepped inside we were transported to an opulent supper club. The restaurant was covered in draped velvet and eclectic framed pictures, suggesting another time and place. I was fascinated by the seemingly art deco inspired lighting. How cool looking are they? I felt like we weren't even in Manhattan.

The stage was set up around the tables so we all felt like a part of the action. Actors sat our table and several others as part of the performance. Without giving too much away, I can tell you that the play was raucous and had all of the scandal of the original story. It had a bit of a modern twist the costuming is a bit avant-garde. There are also some scenes that you wouldn't expect, like a strobe light flashing night club.

I can't forget the most important part, which for me is always the tea. They served +Mighty Leaf Tea and although bagged it is pretty high quality stuff. Once we realized that the tea was served individually, I quickly swapped out the chamomile tea picture for Darjeeling. It's important to note that tea service is offer a la carte and is not included with admission.

 We shared a tray of very tasty scones (which Jason proclaimed as delicious because they taste like cookies) and a tower of sweets. I really liked the tiny pumpkin pie bites and I am now trying to figure out how to replicate them for Thanksgiving.

You can find out more about this show here.