It’s a little hard to pinpoint what made “Curb Your Narcissism,” the 2018 Inner Circle show, such a success.
Of course there was the hilarious script, the stinging lyrics, and knock-out performances. And there were more, shorter songs this year.
President Polly Kreisman and her all-female board of officers, the first in our 96-year history, had many invigorating ideas.
Then there was the enthusiasm and talent of our four new members. And don’t forget, we were back at the familiar Hilton Hotel, our home for decades.
A lot of those things happen every year. But in 2018 there was the underlying challenge to prove “We’re gonna go again, show after show again” in a year of tragedy and pain.
As the curtain rose for Act 1, Kreisman pointed to three microphones, each with a spotlight on the otherwise dark stage. They represented the loss of three members since our 2017 show.
A heart-felt video memorialized Mickey Carroll, Gabe Pressman, and Larry Sutton.
It was an appropriate start to rousing, funny, musical performances of political parity. And just what the doctor ordered to remedy our blues.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s rebuttal, his fifth, was funny and timely but had a touch of second-term fatigue. There were no Class-A celebrities. And Chirlane McCrae, the city’s First Lady, has a nice voice.
Before you know it, we’ll be rehearsing for our 100th show – in 2022. The 2019 show is TBA