Last Thursday we decided to go to the Straz Center and see Return to the Forbidden Planet. Cheesy Sci-fi? I’m so in! It was my first time going to the Straz Center and I was really impressed by the area. There were lots of places to eat nearby and a library right across the way which you could get to through a glass walkway that made me think of Stephen King’s IT. Wasn’t there a glass walkway to the library in that book? But this one is up a floor or two.
Anyways, we got there early and were walking through said walkway when I noticed something odd.
Um, are those Storm Troopers? Yes, yes they are. We had time before the show started so we decided to go check it out. Actually, I would have totally been late to go check Storm Troopers out. So off we go and guess what? They were there for Forbidden Planet, and so was Darth Vader! Seriously cool. I mean, you know, to people like me.
Turns out pretty much everyone was there! I even got a picture with Spider-Man to send to my nephews, making me the coolest aunt ever. No, this isn’t it.
After stopping at the bar for a rum and coke (not something you can do everywhere in Florida!) we went in to see the show.
It’s a lot of the Tempest, a lot of Forbidden Planet, a lot of 50’s rock, and a lot of fun! I was pretty amazed at how much fun we had, they had the entire audience laughing most of the night. And 4 days later I’m still singing songs from the show. (Gloria, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, Young Girl… )
Did I mention the space monsters?
Even in space the Monster Mash is all that.
If you are in the Tampa area and you are a fan of Shakespeare / sci fi / music / theater or fun you should really go check them out. You can see the times and prices and get your tickets here. The show is Thursday through Sunday until July 6th.
I was given two tickets to see The Forbidden Planet in exchange for an honest review.
So, how about you? Have you been to the Straz Center yet? Have you seen Return to the Forbidden Planet anywhere else? And the all important question, do you know the walkway in IT that I’m talking about?