Harvey, starring Jim Parsons, is opening tonight on Broadway (watch clips at the end of this post). Here are some things that obsessed fans of The Big Bang Theory who don't have tickets can do to console themselves:
Watch a repeat of "The Friendship Contraction" tonight on CBS.
Debate the question: "How much further should Amy and Sheldon go?"
Have cocktails with Amy Farrah Fowler herself, actress Mayim Bialik. It'll cost you $1000, at least, but it's for a great cause.
Vote for Bazinga! as Best Catchphrase in the CBS Fan Awards.
Read an interview with Kunal Nayyar (Raj)
We are also part of the Circle of Life.
Sunday, October 2, the Theater Develop Fund sponsored Broadway's first autism-friendly performance. thAutcast friend Beth Arky has written a piece about that matinee of The Lion King that goes into beautiful and enlightening depth about one autistic child's experience. Beth wrote in first person, after interviewing a friend who attended with her 8-year-old son, who has PDD-NOS. The focus on a child with that type of autism is unusual, and it's one of the reasons this is so special.
But mostly it's the willingness of the boy's mother to enter his emotional life, without focusing on her own frustration. He is excited to see the show, but he just can't get through the door:
I spend a good 10 minutes talking. I tell him, "This is especially for kids like you who don't like things too dark or too loud. You know you can trust me. I know you want to leave, but you don't want you to miss the characters coming down aisles—you were so looking forward to seeing the giraffes." I remind him of the time we went to the Thomas the Train live show: "I told you to squeeze my hand and you got through it and loved it. You're going to get this just like that."
Now he's calming down. He's at the wall in the vestibule and he sees his dad and sister in the seats. I make him stay there so he can get the visual. I tell him, "Stand here, take deep breaths." But he's crying real tears and it's breaking my heart.