Monday, April 20, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
The Holy Terrors begins with a group of boys having a snowball fight. Paul is hit by s snowball with a rock hidden inside, and for some reason, this act makes him an invalid. His friend Gerard manages to drag him home, where Paul's sister Elizabeth begins taking care of him. The two siblings are a strange pair, creating a world sll their own in shich they try to gain control over one another in The Game ( though I never understood what the Game actually entailed). In fact, after rereading, I'm not sure why I liked the story in the first place. Paul and Elisabeth seemed petty, spoiled and manipulative, and I didn't care for either of them. And their two compatriots -- Gerard and Agatha -- blindly follow them no matter what.
I finished reading but without the enthusiasm I think that I once had for it. Opinions can change after a time, I guess.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
But not this year. So instead, we treated my parents to lunch the day before, stemming some of my guilt...at least in part. That left Sunday afternoon free to catch one of the two final performances of Carrie: The Musical.
With music and lyrics from Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford (who both wrote the music for Fame), the stage musical version was originally created in 1988 and staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company before its fateful five-performance run on Broadway. (If you run a search on YouTube, you may even find a few videos of that original production.) The creative team got together again a few years ago and reworked the music and staging, crafting a smaller-scaled production that proved successful. Fast forward a few more years to the production we saw on Sunday, with an even more scaled-down production, and what seemed like a preposterous idea for a musical turned into one of my favorite productions in the past few years.
As the audience, we were made to feel like a part of the show, which started before we even made our way to the seats. The hallway to the stage was decorated like the aftermath of Carrie's prom night, with desks covered in lipstick scrawls, bloody hand prints on the walls, signs of destruction increasing as we reach the stage. The audience sat onstage in improvised high school bleachers. But not just any bleachers: the first four rows were subdivided into four sections that the actors moved about the stage during the show, reconfiguring the stage at any given moment.
For anyone who's read the book or seen the movie, you know that Carrie discovers she has telekinesis. In the intimate atmosphere of the production we saw, those small effects—figurines moving across a dresser, filing cards flying from a box, books moving across a table—were just enough to heighten the tension. And when Carrie uses her powers to throw Chris tumbling through the air over our seats...everyone in the audience cheered.
The performances, though, made the show—especially Emily Lopez as Carrie and Misty Cotton as her mother. When the two of them performed together on stage...that's what acting it all about. Even by themselves, they wowed the audience. The rest of the cast was equally up to the task and helped to bring the story to life. The score is quite good, too, and I've been listening to the cast recording from 2012 (with Marin Mazzie) on repeat for the past two days.
Carrie turned out to be an amazing show, and I'm glad we were able to be a part of it.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
(Yes, I'm not procrastinating. I just need to get a thicker skin.)
So when I saw this online today, the need to post about it just would not go away.
And if you've made it this far, you have been rickrolled. April Fools!
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Another bird added to my Life List. And then it was home for a few hours of Thief before heading to our friends' wedding. While I played the game, Caesar took his car for a cleaning and returned with a dented driver-side door after being hit by a van. Good times.
After calming down, we cleaned and dressed for the wedding. Our friends decided to do a follow a few traditional Jewish rites, so we needed to be there early for Caesar to sign the ketubah as a witness. And it was such a stunning document, with the multicolored hamseh and Hebrew script:
The ceremony itself was just a beautiful, and I'm glad we were invited. Plus, we gorged ourselves on the BBQ from the Naples Rib Company. I think that's the perfect food for a wedding....