Melissa Hevenor
Monday August 03 , 2020
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A Night with Russell Brand

My life has been a whirlwind of changes and although change is always challenging because it involves letting go, it is a good sign because when we release energy from the old, it allows G-d to bring in new energy filled with unexpected blessings. Late last month, among the hustle and bustle of working and moving, I was blessed to obtain tickets to Russell Brand’s comedy show, the Messiah Complex and, as usual, Spirit has perfect timing because a night of spiritual comedy, was jut what I needed to regain inspiration and drive to embrace all the changes that have since followed.

I took in every moment of the experience. before russell came out on stage, my friend and I sat in the quaint theater in Coral Springs. As someone who has a degree in theater, I feel very comfortable in the theater environment both as part of a Production or as an audience ember. The interesting quality about the Coral Springs Performing Arts Center is that it’s small enough to have the familiarity and friendly customer service as an old-time theater one might find in England in the theater district, or the energy one might encounter in a well-known off-broadway theater in New York city, although after spending a little time in the theater it is filled with modern art, a modern concession stand and modern architecture similar to a small theater in the heart of Hollywood. I was actually surprised at the large bar that was out front, but even more surprising, the quality of liquor was top shelf! I am not much of a drinker but I do enjoy an occasional rum and coke or Cosmo and I was impressed with their selection and the fact that they let us carry it into the theater. Once we were seated, I enjoyed people-watching, And one thing I found a bit sad was that here you had family and friends attending the show to spend quality time with each other, and while we waited for the lights to go down, almost everyone was on their cell phone. One woman was even playing Solitaire instead of talking to her husband or her kids! Have we become so dependent on our technology gadgets that we can’t put them aside for an hour and a half to spend time with loved ones communicating face-to-face before a show?

That being said I, too, was busy using my IPhone to take pictures of the theater and the stage set-up. When Russell came out, he looked like Captain Sparrow’s cousin from Pirates of The Caribbean, long hair, tight pants, prayer beads dangling, and definitely had a hippie, yet edgy swag air about him that was attractive. THEN, HE OPENED HIS MOUTH. OMG! THE MAN IS BRILLIANT!THE VOCABULARY HE WAS USING WERE WORDS THAT I HADN’THEARD SINCE I WAS TAKING A DOCTORAL-LEVEL PHILOSOPHY COURSE AND AS  A WOMAN WHO LOVES ACADEMICS, I WAS FALLING MORE INLOVE WITH HIM WITH EVERY WORD USED IN THE PROPER CONTEXT, DESCRIBING SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES INTERTWINED IN EVERYDAY SITUATIONS, SATURATED WITH HUMOR. The concept for the show was how Russell himself is similar to iconic, spiritual or activist figures such as Ghandi, Malcolm X, Che Guevara, andJesus Christ. Of course the show would not be complete, without several sexual references and humorous self-reflection dating back to Russell’s personal struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, particularly his long love affair with heroin although I have to say, my respect for him grew tremendously because he’s able to admit his mistakes and find humor in them, rather than take shots at other people who have had similar struggles.

He left me feeling inspired to continue learning and to use my experiences with Spirit as a vehicle to encourage, entertain, energize and enlighten.

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