I was going through my old photos and found a group of photos from this past summer. Our neighbors, the husband and I, went to see a play at the Kennedy Center back in August. It was quite posh and high brow – the Kennedy can make one feel that way.
As it turns out, the play we went to see was quite low brow – and I admit, the showing and the dinner afterward comprised of one of the most bizarre nights out I’ve ever had. And it was hilariously strange, one of those nights that one can tuck away for a long time in one’s memory and always think about it with a laugh and a wrinkled brow.
The musical was The Book of Mormon, a play written by the writers of the show South Park. I’ve never seen the show but I understand that the humor is straight from the toilet. When I agreed to go, I had no idea how shockingly dirty and gross it could be. I suppose one has to actually experience it to know – like actually being in labor. On our way to the car, Neighbor Janet said, “That was bizarre.”
It was the perfect word to describe the play. I didn’t know whether or not to laugh and when I did, I didn’t know if it was right to do so. We squirmed in our seats for two hours. Would I recommend it to you? No, I don’t think I would.
After the play we went to dinner at Buca de Beppo in downtown Washington DC. I had been to one before, in Scottsdale Arizona I think, but I can’t be sure. One thing I do know, I hadn’t eaten in the Pope Room before. That I would remember.
Here are our fun and crazy neighbors who by the way – all with the exception of the husband and I, are practicing and devote Catholics, which makes eating in the Pope Room with a bust of Pope Benedict in the center of the table really ironic and irreverent.
And I thought the play was strange.
I love Neighbor Bill’s expression as he gazes at all the Pope paraphernalia on the walls.
I’ve been to St Peter’s Basilica in Rome and saw all the Pope bobble heads for sale so this shouldn’t surprise anyone. Yet it does.
Neighbor Janet is a very devout Catholic and because of that, she refused to sit in the Pope chair at the table. It was one step too far in that very strange evening.
Here are some other photos of the fun walls in the Pope Room.
The ceiling -
And all the great images of past Popes smiling down at us.
The food however – was fantastic, absolutely fantastic. We did a family style dinner and it was delicious and cheap.
I’m not sure I had enough to eat with Neighbor Ted sitting next to me – but oh well.
Here’s a close up of the delicious food. It was sitting on a round lazy susan and when we wanted food, we just turned the lazy susan around. It was great fun.
…and I loved when Pope Benedict would turn around and look at Neighbor Janet.
The restaurant itself has a fun atmosphere and I would go back for that and the food. However, I think I’ll sit at the bar next time:)
Check it out – Buca di Beppo.