Howdy! Two Thursdays ago, I decided to indulge myself in British theatre for the first time with my flatmates Klent and Luke. All New People is a dark comedy which features the talent of four amazing actors, including Zach Braff, who is an American actor most well known for his role in the hit TV show Scrubs. Braff also wrote and produced the play.
To describe the general mood of the play, it would be best to talk about the opening scene. The curtain rises, and we see Charlie (Braff) standing on a chair on the right side of the stage, a living room with an attached kitchen. He is smoking a cigarette, and wearing a noose made with an extension cord around his neck. He looks over to the ashtray on the coffee table to the left and helplessly stretches his arm out to attempt to throw the cigarette away. Instead, he throws it away in a box of cereal on the close-by kitchen counter. Closing his eyes in determination, he lifts a foot from the chair, about to step forward. Then, a woman, Emma (), opens the front door and Charlie missteps and begins swinging around the kitchen, grabbing the noose around his neck.
Like the rest of the play, this scene contains light-hearted humor in dark situations. Although the storyline gradually becomes more serious, the play could never be described as a drama because of the comedy that constantly arises from even the most intense scenes. It was by far the best theatre production that I’ve ever seen.
The best part of the whole night, however, was meeting Zach Braff after the show. I could tell just by watching him interact with his fans that he is genuinely nice guy – Luke even called him a “sweetheart” and he laughed. I have been a Scrubs fan for years and I actually own all nine seasons on DVD. Getting to say that I have shaken the hand of one of my favorite actors is one of the many great experiences that I have had in London.
By Bradley Zemanek