Really Really is the most clever, intense, and provocative play I’ve ever seen. This new play is written by Paul Downs Colaizzo. It focuses on the selfish tendencies of “Generation Me” and how people from this generation will ultimately do what is best for them. The show covers the controversial topic of rape, but there is so much more to the plot. As the show progresses, the twists, betrayals, and motivations thicken. Just when you think the play cannot get any more extreme, it does. Overall, I saw the play four times, and each time, I left with heart racing and mind reeling. I, like many others, was effectively disturbed by each performance. Although Really Really closed on Sunday at Signature Theatre, in Arlington, Virginia, I think the play will live on as the production was very well-received and a hit at the box office.
Because of the unsettling nature of this play, I discussed it a lot over the course of its run at Signature Theatre, and these discussions often included my parents. For weeks, I praised Really Really to my parents, thinking they would never care to see it. I noticed a few tickets were available to the final Saturday matinee performance, and I broached the topic of seeing the show with my Mom. I didn’t think she’d go for it, but why not ask. Surprisingly, she agreed immediately. However, my Dad didn’t want to be left out, so he decided to come as well. Typically, my parents attend mega-musicals, so I was wary of attending a provoking new play with them.
I insisted we arrive at the theatre early so that I could get them into the right mindset to see the show through what I like to call the Really Really’s pre-show, which consisted of listening to contemporary music with lyrics relating to the “Generation Me” concept play inside the theatre before the show began. They weren’t amused.
As the show began, I was absorbed by the play’s ingenious lines, but I checked on my parent’s reaction every so often. They looked focused and captivated. There would be no dozing off at this show. At intermission, they didn’t speak much of the show, for they were still taking in what they’d seen in Act I. As Act II began, I attempted to prepare myself for the coming twists and revelations, but I learned from past performances that there is really really no way to prepare yourself for what’s to come in this play. I watched my parents as the plot unfolded, and I noticed their shock and confusion. While the show may not give you all the answers you desire, it certainly sparks questions about human nature and the disposition of “Generation Me.”
My parents found the show “disturbing on many levels” but appreciated the “interesting plot.” In my Father’s words, “I was not expecting THAT.” My parents had suspected how the show would evolve based on my commentary, but even they were stunned by the play’s ending. Although they are still digesting what we saw, we have debated each character’s motivations and what the truth behind the play’s plot is. They’re not as sympathetic to the characters as me, but they said that they know people just like them and could relate the show’s early twenty-something characters. Overall, my Mother is glad she saw Really Really while my Dad is not so sure. Nonetheless, my parents and I agree that Really Really is a compelling, insightful new play.