[May 23, 2022] Just as luck would have it, my wife treated me to a trip to Lancaster, PA, to see the Biblical play “David” at the Sight & Sound Theater. The play was the best I have ever experienced.
In the past, I saw many plays on Broadway in Manhattan, NY – the most professional performances found anywhere in the world. Expect to pay several hundred dollars per person to see one of these. And, yes, those plays are great. I will go out on a limb here and say the play “David” in Pennsylvania put all of them to shame and at one quarter the cost.
From the point you pull into the large parking lot to the time you leave, you are in a world where time stands still, people are courteous (including the public), the lobby area, concession stands, bathrooms, and theater seating are clean and well maintained. No pressure to purchase trinkets or donate money. The auditorium is vast (seating 2,000 but not crowded) with a panoramic view of the three-sided stage. The show has live animals (goats, sheep, horses, a donkey, a llama, camels, and birds).
The acting was outstanding. The set is incredible. You laugh, you cry, and you sit on the edge of your seat. And, it’s suitable for kids. We were never bored. There was a 20-minute intermission in the 3-hour production; just enough time to get a drink and hit the bathroom.
There are many unique aspects to the show that we loved. But there was one unexpected missing part. There was no final curtain call when all the actors were out on stage for applause, nor was there any mention of them in the playbill. Those running Sight & Sound Theater have a singular mission; to present the Gospel and offer glory to God, not themselves.
I will attend again. And, thanks to my wife, Nancy, for treating me to the best birthday ever.
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