N is for Nightvale
My darling husband and I went to one of the DC performances of the Welcome to Nightvale 2015 tour. It was an absolutely wonderful performance. The Weather was perfect, inside, at least. Outside was way too chilly for March.
We met with lots of friends, both new and old. The new friends were mostly attracted by my Welcome to Nightvale bag and my husband’s binary scarf. The old friends happened to have seats near ours, and lots of hug were exchanged by all.
Going to a Nightvale show is a lot like going to a science fiction convention. There will be many many people who you’ve never met before, but you will instantly recognize many of them. You will speak the same language, and be united by sharing something you love. It’s just that kind of fandom.
The show has a kind of surreal, secular humanist, nihilist, Elder God optimist vibe to it. Think of A Prarie Home Companion if it were based in a small town created by Steven King or H.P. Lovecraft, but set out in desert somewhere very far from mountains. But don’t think of it too hard, because if you think of it too hard it might come and get you. Fun, right?
If you are a podcast listener, you might want to skip the rest of this. Spoilers lurk just around the corner…The show is titled “The Investigators”, and it involves light audience participation. The scenario is that a body has been found, brutally murdered, and the secret police round up everyone in town except for Cecil and bring them into the town hall for a ‘murder dinner theater’. It is light on dinner, and theater, and heavy on murder.
It’s troperific, yet stays fresh.
No props to speak of. A tiny bit of set. Simple costuming. Not much to distract from the man and the microphone. Even so, the energy of having a live audience there really does add a whole extra layer to the experience. I completely loved it, and will definitely go the next time they tour in the area.