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November 26, 2017:

THE MAN WHO WAS NOT BITTEN BY THE SHAKESPEARE BUG

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Well, dear readers, I am back from seeing a Shakespeare play entitled A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I must first reveal that I’m just not a Shakespeare person – I like The Comedy of Errors and that’s about it. I know this is heresy but I’ve said it and I’m glad. I know Midsummer is supposed to be unassailably brilliant, but even though this production got the play down to two hours it felt like four – part of that is that there are about four different endings to the play and that’s three too many for the likes of me. It was fun to see Doug Haverty spouting Shakespeare and to see his daughter Hartley returning to the stage after a long absence. My pal Anna Gion was in it, too (she was Stupefyin’ Jones in my Li’l Abner), and Leslie Young’s two kids, Alexa and Mia.

After the show, we all went to the Coral Café – we had nachos for the table (I only ate a little of that) and I had a chicken salad sandwich and no fries or onion rings. We all had fun and then the fun was done and I was on the run because I wanted to be home before one.

Prior to all that, I got about eight hours of sleep, got up, answered e-mails, then went to the garage and unboxed four boxes o’ stuff. I haven’t even made a dent, but I’m determined. There was no mail or packages to pick up so I just puttered around the house, did some work at the piano, and then watched most of a new motion picture entitled Last Flag Flying, a kind of road/buddy movie from a novel by Daryl Ponicsan, who wrote The Last Detail and Cinderella Liberty – this is very much in that vein. In fact, one can’t not think of Jack Nicholson when watching the performance and character that Bryan Cranston plays. I’m not quite sure how much I have left to watch, but where I left off is close to two hours. I’ll say more when I’ve finished.

Once home, I caught up on e-mails, answered a few, and then it was time to write these here notes. Oh, and I forgot to mention that I did my first jog in months – figured out one of what will be two routes, and did two-and-a-half miles. It was hard but I enjoyed it. I finished the little pinwheel things, too.

Today, I will write and finish the commentary for the Kritzerland show, I’ll finish the movie and perhaps begin another, I’ll try to unbox four more boxes o’ stuff, I’ll jog, eat, and relax and we’ll announce the new Kritzerland title at midnight.

Tomorrow is our first Kritzerland rehearsal. Prior to it I have a ton of stuff to do. We only have five of our seven cast members for the first rehearsal so it should go pretty quickly. Tuesday we have a pick-up rehearsal for Levi, Wednesday we’re back for our final five Levi performances, Thursday we have a matinee only and then a quick Kritzerland rehearsal early that evening, Friday is our second Kritzerland rehearsal then a performance, Saturday we have a stumble-through, play a matinee, and then close our show with the evening performance. Then Sunday we have our sound check and show, and then I’m takin’ it easy for the rest of the year, save for planning the January all young people Kritzerland show.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, write the commentary, finish the movies, unbox, jog, eat, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s free-for-all day, the day in which you dear readers get to make with the topics and we all get to post about them. So, let’s have loads of lovely topics and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, sorry that I have never really gotten bit by the Shakespeare bug.

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