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February 4, 2017:

WITNESSING WITNESS

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Well, dear readers, it is late and therefore I must write these here notes in a hurry, especially because she of the Evil Eye will be here all too soon. So, let me begin by saying that apparently the noise from five teardowns in the last eight months isn’t enough for my neighbor – so he has joined the party and is doing some work. I know this because a buzz saw woke me up at eight-thirty, so loud that it sounded like it was my bed partner. I stayed in bed hoping it would stop but it didn’t, so up I got. I answered e-mails, had a telephonic call, and then got ready for my lunch with Kay Cole. I had chicken tenders and she had a cup o’ chili and a dinner salad. We had fun. Seen leaving was Robert Morse, while entering was Jon Voight.

Then I picked up one package and came home. I spent a bit of time working on the song I was commissioned to write – I’m about halfway done and wrote the lyric to the bridge, which is fun. There’s a lot of triple rhyming in this song, which I enjoy but which gets more difficult with each new verse. I also had a wonderful hour-long visit with Richard Sherman, talking about many things, including the new Sherman Brothers musical we’ll be doing. It was grand fun. Then I got ready to go see a play.

Last night, I saw a play entitled Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie. I’d never seen the stage version, so that was fun. It was a good production with a really odd but understandable casting choice – Salome Jens in the Marlene Dietrich role. Now, Miss Dietrich was 57 when she did Witness for the Prosecution. Tyrone Power as her husband was 44. Ms. Jens is 83 and her co-star looks to be around fifty. It doesn’t work, I’m afraid, and Ms. Jens is a very distinctive looking woman and so one of the plot devices doesn’t come off at all. But it’s amazing how much Billy Wilder improved the play – every aspect of it, but especially adding the character of the nurse played by Elsa Lanchester. It’s sorely missed in the play, along with some choice Wilder lines, although I do believe the director used two or three of Mr. Wilder’s lines. It was fun to see it.

After, I went to the Coral Café and had a chicken Caesar wrap, then came home.

Today, I will go have something very light for breakfast, then I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, I’ll have a Muse Margaret conversation, and then I’ll enter all the fixes from proofer one. Then I’ll watch something fun, perhaps even Witness for the Prosecution. I’ll also have some videos from the Kritzerland show to share with you dear readers out there in the dark.

Tomorrow I’ll relax a bit and work on the March Kritzerland. Next week is meetings and meals and finishing song choices and casting, entering the other proofers’ fixes and getting the book ready for Grant to begin designing.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, eat something light, hopefully pick up packages, have a Muse Margaret conversation, enter fixes, and then watch a movie. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite films of Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, and Tyrone Power? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have finally witnessed the play of Witness.

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