The Eight: Reindeer Monologues at the Be Bop

Last night I went to see a production by the Florence International Theatre Company (FITC), called The Eight: Reindeer Monologues with Dave and my friend Sara. I had been wanting to go see it because I had heard so much about it. I wanted to go when the author Jeff Goode will be in Florence next week, but Saturday night seemed easier for us all.

They call it a dark comedy, but it felt more like a full-range emotional play. Each of the reindeers had a monologue while the other reindeers stood off to the side of the stage. Most of what the reindeers said made us laugh, some of it made us think about the importance of the truth, and a few parts of the play touched us deeply.

It was nice to see a large number of college students in the audience. It reminded me how much Florence is a college town as well. I think the number of international college students that come to Florenc each year exceeds 10,000.

We enjoyed the show and even were able to stay for the "after show" session where people from the audience can talk to and ask questions of the actors. A few of the actors were non-native English speakers and did an amazing job playing their part in the play. All in all, it was an impressive play that left us contemplating the world we live in.

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