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“Tales From The Tunnel” IS BACK! I was fortunate enough to attend the official opening night show and after-party on Sunday, July 25, 2010. A smash hit at last year’s Fringe Festival, “Tales From The Tunnel” is now enjoying its official Off-Broadway run and the show is just as enjoyable, if not more!

Written and directed by Troy Diana and James Valletti, “Tales From The Tunnel” is a fresh, new, and entertaining show about everyday people’s lives riding the subway. Compiled from hundreds of interviews with real subway riders, just like you and me, “Tales From The Tunnel” is relatable and while a particular story being shared may not be your own experience, it’s the experience of someone you know which makes you able to identify with it. The cast, compiled of fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Wilson Jermaine Heredia, along with Brandon Jones, Vayu O’Donnell, Geri Brown, Sam Rosenberg, Maria Silverman, Carla Corvo, and Farah Bala, should be applauded for how well they work together and play off of each other.

Some of the more humorous stories are:

  • The various stories from the subway station booth conductor who tells her tales of late night life station activity, like how she always has an $20 on her for the “Saturday Night Girl” who comes in begging to be let through because she has no money from the fight she just had with her boyfriend
  • A woman is sitting on the subway on a really hot summer day in a dress, the lights go out, and she feels something licking her legs and as she’s waiting for the lights to come back on she’s imaging it’s some crazy guy getting off, but to her delight, it’s a seeing eye dog.

Some of the more touching stories are:

  • Hearing about the guy who got injured on the job, was out of work, lost his girlfriend, and became homeless because he couldn’t work and was living in the tunnels, but still had his spirit of knowing that he would be getting back on his feet
  • The story of a woman who’s life was saved went to work via subway on 9/11, but when the subway pulled into the stop underneath the World Trade Center, the passengers on the platform told everyone to stay on the train and the subway backed out of the station and transported everyone to Times Square
  • Recounting a subway ride on September 11, 2006, 5 years after the World Trade Center attack and having the subway conductor remind riders of what they would have seen if they rode the subway 5 years earlier on September 11, 2001.
  • The story of a gay son at the Gay Pride Parade and seeing a mom on the subway with a huge sign “I Love My Gay Son” and how it resonated with him because he lost him mom some years before, but he felt as though his mom was there with him when this woman looked over
  • A subway ride that involved a homeless man coming on the subway and saying how “it’s so cold, it’s so cold, it’s so cold” and one compassionate rider giving the homeless man his coat.

From humorous to touching, everyone should come hear the “Tales From The Tunnel” at 45 Bleecker Street Theatre. Showtimes are Saturdays at 4pm and Sundays at 7pm. For tickets, click here!

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