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Title: THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: bk on March 13, 2004, 12:00:56 AM
Well, you've read the notes, you've ascertained their true meaning, so now you are ready to post until the cows come home and to keep the home fries burning until my returning for which I know you'll be yearning.
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: bk on March 13, 2004, 12:03:20 AM
I can't believe our pajama party people all turned not into pumpkins but WUSSBURGERS!
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Post by: S. Woody White on March 13, 2004, 12:45:10 AM
I am not a wussburger.  (We ran out of wusstershire sauce.)

Comic plays...

Noises Off
Lend Me a Tenor
Happy Birthday, Wanda June
Hay Fever
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: elmore3003 on March 13, 2004, 03:38:14 AM
Good morning, all!  Buddy Holly's singing in the background, I finished reading last night's posts, and I'm all alone here this morning.  Of course, it's 6:15 am, so that probably explains it.

DR WFO, your tribute to your late mother was quite beautiful, and I wish you all the best in getting through today.

DRPannni, I too enjoyed WONDERFALLS; I looked up the leading lady, Miss Dhavernas, on the IMDB and discovered I'd known her father Sebastian Dhavernas when I first started working at Drama Book Shop in 1979!  Very handsome fellow.  Someday I'll post all the working actors I knew when they were students/waiters/caterers, etc.

Comic plays that make me laugh out loud; well I go back a ways:

1.  THE COUNTRY WIFE:  I love the rhythms and phrases of Restoration comic dialogue
2.  SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL: I saw Sheridan's THE RIVALS around 4 months ago and laughed myself silly at everything Mrs Malaprop uttered
3.  IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
4, 5 & 6.  A FLEA IN HER EAR, THE LADY FROM MAXIM'S & HOTEL PARADISO: Georges Feydeau was the Neil Simon of Paris around 1905
7 & 8. HAY FEVER & BLITHE SPIRIT:  The menage a trois in BLITHE SPIRIT is much funnier than the menage in DESIGN FOR LIVING, maybe because one of them is dead, but PRIVATE LIVES is also a hoot
9.  ARSENIC AND OLD LACE:  sweet old ladies and murder, not to mention bad plastic surgery and Teddy Roosevelt
10 & 11.  LOOT & WHAT THE BUTLER SAW:  Joe Orton's combination of classic comic dialogue and contemporary violence is often imitated but never equalled, and ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE ain't bad either
12.  THE AMERICAN DREAM & THE SANDBOX:  mean humor, and very funny, but there's a lot of humor in VIRGINIA WOOLF, and a lot of it comes from HAY FEVER
13.  LEND ME A TENOR:  good classic farce given a modern slant
14.  NOISES OFF:  everyone in the theatre has a horrifying backstage story to amuse and terrify and Michael Frayn seems to have collected a lot of them here
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: Jrand69 on March 13, 2004, 03:39:00 AM
I am sick....I am sick  :P.  But rehearsal will go on as planned....there just won't be so many notes.  Too late in the rehearsal process for LOTS of notes anyway!

DRJENNY if you have NOT seen CAMP, don't rush out - BUT "It's Turkey Lurkey Time" is on there - and it ROCKS!!  ;D

Favorite comedy plays.  I too LOVE "The Prisoner of Second Avenue".  I played Mel and it was so much fun...and funny!  I love the Larry Shue play "The Nerd" and David Ives has written a group of short plays called "All in the Timing".  One is WORDS WORDS WORDS about four chimpanzees with typewriters being observed....another is THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE in which a man is making up a language as he goes along, and by the end of the play you can understand everything he is saying.  Another is PHILIP GLASS BUYS A LOAF OF BREAD in which said playwright does said action (Several times) to Glass music in the style of ONE HUNDRED AIRPLANES ON THE ROOF.  

I will think of some more, I am sure!  When I am not sick.  But this is a start!  I am so excited about the books!  LOVING LUCY opens this week, and I will have Kritzer Time to read!
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: Jrand69 on March 13, 2004, 03:39:28 AM
See dammit - I forgot LIGHT UP THE SKY by Moss Hart!

But I still cannot understand the fondness for LEND ME A TENOR which I find unfunny and boring.  Sorry, but I do.  :-[
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Post by: William F. Orr on March 13, 2004, 03:45:58 AM
[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]Jenny Alert!!   Jenny Alert!!!  Jenny Alert!!!  Jenny Alert!![/move]

I had no idea whatsoever that you lived in Valley Stream.  My Joe lived in Malverne and went to Valley Stream High School.  Maybe this explains why his experience with his peers in H.S. was so similar to yours--thirty years ago, mind you, but stupid snotty no-nothing kids are stupid, snotty no-nothing kids.  This is timeless.

And if you read my post from last night you will find that one of said kids from Joe's youth, his cousin, did a very noble and caring thing for Joe after all these years.  It does happen.

If you weren't off slumbering at the slumber party, I would insist that you come to the funeral this morning.  It will be at 9:45 at Our Lady of Peace at 25 Fowler Avenue, corner of Merrick Avenue, just West of Peninsula Boulevard (Britania insula est.  Italia pśne insula est.  Italia pśninsula est.--as we used to say in my High School (oo oo) days.)  Heck, you can probably walk there from your house!


Oh, and my favorite comic play has always been Hamlet.
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on March 13, 2004, 04:31:15 AM
But I still cannot understand the fondness for LEND ME A TENOR which I find unfunny and boring.  Sorry, but I do.  :-[
No reason to be sorry.  Der Brucer and I were lucky to see it with a very good regional cast in Long Beach, and I'm sure the performers have a lot to do with how well LMAT plays.  (They certainly weren't hindered by the lead having been to clown school.  No, really!)
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: DearReaderLaura on March 13, 2004, 05:15:34 AM
WFO: What a wonderful, loving mother-in-law you had. And a wonderful son-in-law she had. You and Joe are in our thoughts and prayers.
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: DearReaderLaura on March 13, 2004, 05:22:33 AM
A question for you computer folk out there:
Can you view and save digital pictures with a "notebook?" Can you connect to the internet with a "notebook?"
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: DearReaderLaura on March 13, 2004, 05:25:17 AM
Favorite funny play:
Noises Off, which I just saw again with my DH a few weeks ago. He thought it was okay. Which is why I take DR Sandra with me to the theater instead.
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: Jrand69 on March 13, 2004, 05:39:49 AM
True dr SWW.

Condolences and strength to WFO and Joe!  Thoughts are flying your way this morning.
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: Jay on March 13, 2004, 05:59:14 AM
I vote for Noises Off! as well.

And the first act of The Lisbon Traviata, too!
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Post by: Kerry on March 13, 2004, 06:06:49 AM
Before I even begin to think of an answer to the question, does anyone know if and where the song "Ordinary Miracles" (lyrics by the Bergmans, music by Marvin Hamlisch) comes from?
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: Matt H. on March 13, 2004, 06:08:24 AM
Favorite comedy play for me is THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER.

I also love YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, NOISES OFF, and the third act of PLAZA SUITE.
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: Jrand69 on March 13, 2004, 06:11:30 AM
Off to rehearsal.

OMG DRJAY - on a production of LISBON TRAVIATA that I was involved with slightly, I heard the director say one night, "And then when he comes in you will be reading the hardware catalog...."  We all did a double take....I guess the script said something about Powertool magazine!  WRONG DIRECTOR for that project, let me tell you.
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: Noel on March 13, 2004, 06:34:27 AM
A THOUSAND CLOWNS by Herb Gardner is my favorite funny play, and one that's had a profound influence on me.

I've felt its protagonist's aversion to regular work, where you're part of the rat race, the corporate machine, and a crowded commute early in the morning.  What a treasure the movie version is, barely opened up at all, with most of the original Broadway cast with the superb Barbara Harris in for Sandy Dennis.

So, I recently forced the Dear Wife to watch it, and, while she enjoyed it, she doesn't understand the feelings that steady work is evil.  Not at all.  The problem may be that in the oh-so-minor "opening up" Murray is offered a job (being the "nut" on a panel TV show) that sounds perfect.  To Joy.  Actually, I wouldn't mind that job either, but I understood why he would walk out of the interview.

Perhaps none of this makes sense if you've not recently seen A Thousand Clowns.  Well, see it.  The cast includes many of the musical theatre stars of the time: Barbara Harris, William Daniels and John McMartin, although, in the film, Jason Robards does all the singing.

And, when I was around the boy's age, I taught myself to play Yes Sir That's My Baby on the ukelele.  That's one of those words that never feels quite done when you write it.  You just want to go on, ukelelelelelelelelelele....
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: Jennifer on March 13, 2004, 06:45:38 AM
Good morning all!

DR WFO: You had me almost in tears again. What a beautiful tribute.

DRs Maya & Jenny: You guys are too cute!  Loved your pajama party.

DR Danise: Glad you had such a good day and congrats on your weight loss.

Hope everyone here has a good day and good vibes to all ~~~~~~~~~.
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: Kerry on March 13, 2004, 06:53:34 AM
WFO:
I am there with you and Joe today in spirit and support
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: Danise on March 13, 2004, 07:03:42 AM
Good morning all.

That was a very lovely tribute you wrote, WFO.  I'm just so sorry you had to write it.  My thoughts are with both you and Joe.  I hope it's not to much longer and he'll be home at the very least.

My all time favorite comic play has to be "Arsenic and Old Lace".  I saw it at the TBPAC many years ago and (this is for you JRand) you'll never guess who played the bad guy.....

Jonathan Frid!  Yes, "Barnabas Collins" himself!  It was a real treat to see him and I enjoyed the show very much.   :)

Sorry I missed the PJ party.  I pooped out.  To much excitement I guess.  Hummm which reminds me--Note to self, get PJ's for trip.  

I can finely say it is a lovely day here in Sunny Florida.  Things are starting to warm up.  I'm thinking about going and buying some good dirt today to put in my flower bed tomorrow so I can start to plant my four o'clocks.  I'm so looking forward to seeing them come up.  I hope all the seeds I bought from E-bay will sprout.  I wanted the whole rainbow of colors.    

The only problem is because they are mixed, I won't know what color I'm planting next to the other.  One of life's little surprises for later on in the year I guess.  I have to take my chances.  :)

Sorry to hear about your back, BK.  I hope your hand didn't cramp from signing all the books.  You didn't mention that.    Maybe they tried to make it up to you for all the problems they gave you by getting the books to you fast.

Thank you all for the kind words about my good day yesterday.  You know, you need a day like that every once in awhile.  

Talk with you all tonight.



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Post by: Dan-in-Toronto on March 13, 2004, 07:05:20 AM
DR WFO,

What a moving tribute. Thank you so much for letting us know Mom.
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Post by: Danise on March 13, 2004, 07:09:50 AM
Just spotted this


A question for you computer folk out there:
Can you view and save digital pictures with a "notebook?" Can you connect to the internet with a "notebook?"

The answer is yes DRLaura.  I believe you can do all of those things.  A notebook is just a portable computer.  

Bruce--did anyone ever explain how to work your CD burner to you?  I always wait before I offer help on those kind of things because I think there's someone else out there who knows more than I do and I'm the type who needs to see what your working with.    If you still need help, I'll try my best to talk you through it.  
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: Kerry on March 13, 2004, 07:46:55 AM
I'm pooping out at parties and want to become one of those happy peppy people who spoon their way to happiness.  What can I do?
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Post by: Kerry on March 13, 2004, 07:47:13 AM
And so tasty too!
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Post by: Kerry on March 13, 2004, 07:47:48 AM
That last remark was meant for TCB, of course!
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Post by: Dan-in-Toronto on March 13, 2004, 07:51:52 AM
Based on the many reviews here, I'm pretty sure Noises Off and Lend Me a Tenor would be on my list. It's simply that I haven't seen either one.

High on my list would be:

Black Comedy
Barefoot in the Park
Odd Couple
Loot
Present Laughter
Flea in Her Ear (there was a great Toronto (Soulpepper) production last year)
Present Laughter
The Matchmaker

And though not among the top contenders, I always enjoyed the sophisticated comedies that once were a staple of Broadway, among them Forty Carats and Any Wednesday.
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: Panni on March 13, 2004, 07:54:49 AM
Good morning. And that's all for now. The shower is running and I need to get under it. (I live in a guest house, as I've posted before, and it takes a few minutes for the hot water to get from the main source to here -- so I turn on the shower a few minutes before I'm ready, and do other things - like read posts - while the water heats up. 'Cept this morning I spent longer than usual reading posts and the shower's been running far too long without a showering person, namely moi, under it.) Whewww!
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: Panni on March 13, 2004, 07:55:44 AM
WFO - Thinking of you and Joe today.
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on March 13, 2004, 08:06:58 AM
Hmmm..."Winnie the Pooh and the Persnickety Day"...no, I'm not into Pooh...how about "Harry Potter and the Persnickety Day...no, Harry Potter books take place longer than a day--way longer..."A Parsnickety Day in Piscataway"...nope, I've never been to Piscataway (or Parsippany, either)...Ah, well...

Favorite Comic Play:  No contest here:  Chris Durang's Baby With the Bathwater.  No other play has ever made me laugh so much.  The runner-up is what almost everyone else has mentioned, Noises Off. I also like The Odd Couple, The Taming of the Shrew, You Can't Take It With You, Harvey, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All To You and Shaffer's Black Comedy.

Favorite Comic Performance:  It's a toss up between Lily Tomlin in Search for Intelligent Life and Swoosie Kurtz in The House of the Blue Leaves.
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on March 13, 2004, 08:20:12 AM
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I got back a couple of hours ago from seeing (ushering for) Reno here in Olympia.  She's a one-woman talking dynamo.  She started her show at about 7:35 and didn't stop talking AT ALL until about 9:15!  NON-STOP!  She was amazing.  It was a stream-of-consciousness-like performance of what she felt/experienced on 9/11 and afterwards.  I can't even describe it.  If you get a chance to see her perform, I highly recommend it.  She performed in the Stage II (a.k.a. The Black Box) at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts which holds about 120 people.  Only 65 tickets were sold (I actually took and counted tickets at the door) but the audience got it.  They (we) liked her and her show a lot.

I love Reno.  I first set eyes on her in an HBO special about 20 years ago (a show I still have on tape!) and she was incredibly funny.  I've seen her perfom live only twice and each time she had the audience falling off their chairs.
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Post by: bk on March 13, 2004, 09:02:26 AM
I haven't tried using the CD burner in the computer yet - but I watched carefully because Mr. Grant Geissman has the same one and I think I understand it.  If not, yes, talk me through it.

Lovely choices - certainly I'd agree with Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple, Simon at his greatest.  I also like Comedy of Errors by Mr. William Shakespeare, the aforementioned The Man Who Came To Dinner (which I've done twice, playing Banjo), I remember Luv being very funny, although it probably hasn't worn well, and I saw a wonderfully funny productioin of The Waltz of the Toreadors.  
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: bk on March 13, 2004, 09:02:58 AM
I just noticed - I'm the only one here?  So sad to be all alone in the world?  
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Post by: Panni on March 13, 2004, 10:16:38 AM
bk - As your close personal friend Mr. S. Sondheim never tires of saying, no one is alone.
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: bk on March 13, 2004, 10:29:15 AM
Man, what is WITH Saturdays?  You'd think it was the weekend or something.  Where are our pajama party gals, for example?

All packages are now shipped, including overseas.
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Post by: Charles Pogue on March 13, 2004, 10:45:09 AM
Easily the funniest play I ever saw was NOISES OFF, the original London production with Paul Eddington and Patrica Routledge.  It was the very first production I ever saw in London.  And a few years ago, the National's revival of it was my hundredth London production.  It was just as funny that time.  I also saw a production with Paxton Whitehead (andI believe Dorothy Louden) out here at the Ahmanson. Equally as funny.  

ARSENIC & OLD LACE at the Old Globe with pal Larry Drake playing Johnathan.

MISALLIANCE at the Old Globe.  George Bernard Shaw, who knew.  Had me in Hysterics.

LEND ME A TENOR.  Can't remember where I saw it, somewhere in LA.  Want to say the Henry Fonda.

LONDON CUCKOLDS.  The National in London.  I am a huge fan of Restoration comedy.

THE RIVALS.  Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.  Always works for me, but the best I saw was Doug Sills as Benedick at South Coast Rep.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.  No particular production. It always works for me.

LONDON ASSURANCE.  At the Old Globe.

PRIVATE LIVES.  an exqusite production in London, with Alan Rickman and Linsey Duncan.

Plays I have been in:

MOVE OVER MRS. MARKHAM. by Ray Cooney.  I toured in this with both Cyd Charisse & Yvonne De Carlo.  It is just a raucous British sex farce.   Very funny and a joy to do every night.

COMEDY OF ERRORS.  A play I never much cared for, until I did it.


Plays I saw on Video/DVD/ or TV:

TAMING OF THE SHREW.  ACT's production is one of the funniest things I've ever seen.  Starred Marc Singer as Petruchio.

COMEDY OF ERRORS.  A version with The Flying Karamozov Brothers.  Hysterical.

I'm sure there are lots more, but I'll have to prompt my memory by ferretting through my programmes.
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Post by: Charles Pogue on March 13, 2004, 10:57:30 AM
A FEW OTHER FUNNY PLAYS I HAVE SEEN:

THE PLAY'S THE THING by Fredric Molnar.  Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

3 MEN ON A HORSE.  Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

MONEY by Edward Bulwer Lytton.  The National. London.

THE PLAY WHAT I WROTE.  London.

PRESENT LAUGHTER.  Noel Coward. Starring Peter Bowles.  London.

WILD OATS. National. London.
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: Panni on March 13, 2004, 11:10:29 AM
It's at times like these that I kick myself yet again for throwing out more than thirty years of playbills. THWACK! That's the sound of Anna hitting her head against the wall. I can't really say what the funniest I've seen on stage is/are. I was unlucky enough to see a mediocre production of NOISES OFF. I'd still love to see an excellent one.
IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at Stratford with the great William Hutt as Lady Bracknell is up there.
Again at Stratford - and I bet no one else will have this on their list - THE THREE MUSKETEERS - directed by John Hirsch - you couldn't come up for air. If I remember correctly, Douglas Rain, the voice of HAL, played D'Artagnan.
I once, while visiting Hungary, saw THE SUNSHINE BOYS, in Hungarian. Not the funniest play ever written. BUT I've never heard and audience enjoy a comedy as much. Waves of laughter. And it says something for the way Simon structures his jokes, that even when the punchline was a brand-name (Ex-Lax, for example) that they couldn't possible have known back then in Budapest, he still got the laugh. So much of comedy is rhythm. If the build and rhythm are perfect (and that's hard to do, man) - the laugh comes. (Assuming you've said something mildly funny. Although I see perfect sense in DR Kerry calling Hamlet his favorite comedy.)
I didn't mean to go into a lecture on comedy writing. And now I have to go. So more later on favorites.
THWACK! (One more for the road.)
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Post by: George on March 13, 2004, 11:29:52 AM
I just noticed - I'm the only one here?  So sad to be all alone in the world?  

Talk about a co-inky-dink!  This morning I was babysitting a friend's two children and at the exact time you posted this (9:02:58), we were watching "Thoroughly Modern Millie"!  Amazing!  We actually started watching at about 8:45 a.m.
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Post by: Charles Pogue on March 13, 2004, 11:33:28 AM
Panni, I believe I saw a PBS airing of that Stratford THREE MUSKETEERS and it was very good.  Did it also have occasional songs.  It might have been a Guthrie production but I remember it being funnier than I would have imagined.  I think I saw it when I was in college so that would have been late sixties/early seventies.
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Post by: George on March 13, 2004, 11:48:46 AM
Before I even begin to think of an answer to the question, does anyone know if and where the song "Ordinary Miracles" (lyrics by the Bergmans, music by Marvin Hamlisch) comes from?

I think it was just a song written for Barbra Streisand.  As far as I know, it's not "from" anything.  Or did you want to know the specific recording that it was on?  I can't help you there.  Anyone else know?
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Post by: George on March 13, 2004, 11:54:18 AM
Favorite comedies (non-musicals)?  

Noises Off.  I played Tim Allgood in a community theater production of this about 10 years ago and it was a hoot!  I also saw a very good production when I was in college about five years before that.

I saw a not so good local production of ďLend Me a TenorĒ but could tell that the material was better than the performers.  Especially since I knew some of the performers and knew that they weren't very good actors(shhh...don't tell them!)

Two more favorite comedies:  The Odd Couple and the non-musical version of Kiss Me Kate (a.k.a. "The Taming of the Shrew")
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: bk on March 13, 2004, 11:57:42 AM
I suspect it's truly horrid today, but as a kid there was a comedy called Under the Yum Yum Tree that I found really funny (it's in Kritzer Time).  
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: Jane on March 13, 2004, 12:01:38 PM
Tomovoz my favorite birthday cake is an ice ream cake, usually made with white cake and chocolate chip ice cream.  In the east coast, Carvelís (the same Carvelís Dan-the Man mentioned) makes has an ice cream cake made with the best vanilla and layered with chocolate crunchies which is my all time favorite ice cream cake.

William F Orr, thank you for sharing your tribute to Joeís mother with us.  I am sitting here crying it was so beautiful.

THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER
NOISES OFF
THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT (Keith & I saw this on our first date-so long ago Iím not sure if I would laugh as hard today.)
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: Charles Pogue on March 13, 2004, 12:03:13 PM
BK, when are you making your book delivery to Bookfellows or have you already?
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Post by: William E. Lurie on March 13, 2004, 12:18:11 PM
I have to concur with other DRs: NOISES OFF and LEND ME A TENOR.  Funniest Musical: MINNIE'S BOYS.

I'm thrilled that the books went out early BK.  I have about 100 pages left on ACT ONE (have not read in over 40 years - most of it holds up fine) and by the time I get KRITZER TIME I should be ready to move it to the top of my "to read" pile.
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Post by: Jane on March 13, 2004, 12:32:12 PM
Echo and I are heading out for our weekly visit to the nursing home, but first we have an important stop to make at the book store.  My copy of Dragonheart has arrived.  I look forward to reading the script as it was intended to be seen.  
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Post by: Charles Pogue on March 13, 2004, 12:34:55 PM
Jane, is it the script you bought or the novel?
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Post by: Jane on March 13, 2004, 12:40:25 PM
 :D I think it's the script but I'm not sure since she couldn't tell the difference when she ordered it.  I should have called back when the owner of the store was there.  I will let you know when I return home with it.  Do you suggest one over the other?  I don't mind having both.
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Post by: Charles Pogue on March 13, 2004, 12:47:52 PM
The script is great, but the novel (out of print) is the definitive version.
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Post by: Tomovoz on March 13, 2004, 12:48:52 PM
DR Kerry: "Ordinary Miracles" sounds like it was written for "Yentle".  The song surfaced in Barbra's 1994 concert tour and and was issued with a live and studio version on a 4 track CD as well as "The Concert" Cd.
Tim Draxyl also sings the song and the liner notes for his album "Ordinary Miracles" just says "A love song introduced by Barbra Streisand during her historic live concerts of the mid 1990s"
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Post by: Tomovoz on March 13, 2004, 12:52:43 PM
Funny plays:
"Private Lives" - Maggies Smith was superb as Amanda.
"Habeus Corpus" - Alec Guiness.
"The Norman Conquests" trilogy
"Absurd Person Singlular"
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: Jane on March 13, 2004, 12:53:10 PM
The script is great, but the novel (out of print) is the definitive version.

Thanks.  If it isn't the novel then I will buy that as well.
Title: Re:THE PERSNICKETY DAY
Post by: Tomovoz on March 13, 2004, 12:57:02 PM
Man, what is WITH Saturdays?  You'd think it was the weekend or something.  Where are our pajama party gals, for example?

All packages are now shipped, including overseas.
A man who has his Saturday priorities right. Thanks BK.

I can't help with the what is WITH Saturdays question as the "problem" seems to be on a Sunday in upside down land. I've always thought it was because people were not at their "work station" computers escaping into the real world of HHW .
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Post by: DearReaderLaura on March 13, 2004, 01:07:28 PM
I have been having the most exciting Saturday. First I got the oil changed in the car; then I looked at notebooks (Thanks, Danise). Then I went to the pet store and petted a dog, since I miss mine.
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Post by: Jennifer on March 13, 2004, 01:27:40 PM
For DRs Danise and Jose:  I found low carb ice cream at Club Price today. They only have vanilla, but it's better than nothing.  Unfortunately since I was not going home afterwards, I could not buy it.  IT said it had 7g carbs for 125ml little serving.  And it was like $5 Cdn for a small container (I think 1L).  Yeah for ice cream!
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Post by: Tomovoz on March 13, 2004, 01:31:09 PM
It's going to be a great day. A few mentions of ice-cream already.
DR Laura are you ready for a new dog yet?
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Post by: TCB on March 13, 2004, 01:46:30 PM
Wow, funniest plays, that is tough!  There are so many wonderful ones, like Taming of the Shrew and The Importance of Being Earnest that are real classics and that still hold up very well, as do several of Molliere's.

More recent comdeies would be:

Black Comedy
Present Laughter
Lend Me A Tenor
The Man Who Came to Dinner
The Odd Couple
Barefoot In The Park
Auntie Mame


But, still the funniest play I have ever seen, mainly because I hadn't a clue what I was about to see when I saw it the first time in London -- Noises Off
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Post by: TCB on March 13, 2004, 01:52:53 PM
Good afternoon, Jed!
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Post by: Jed on March 13, 2004, 01:57:48 PM
Good afternoon, Tom(s)!
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Post by: Jed on March 13, 2004, 02:04:16 PM
Well, from how often they're showing up on lists, I can see that I have a few plays with which I must make myself familiar!  I don't know from THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER or even BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, which seem to be popular choices today.  

For those I do know, I have to add yet another vote for NOISES OFF, simply one of the funniest things ever written, IMHO.  Like JRand, I'm also a great fan of David Ives and his "All in the Timing" set of play-lettes, particularly THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE, SURE THING, and THE PHILADELPHIA.

As for LEND ME A TENOR, I saw it probably 12 years ago or so, and I don't really remember it all that well.  I remember finding it amusing, but nothing all that great.
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Post by: Tomovoz on March 13, 2004, 02:13:06 PM
Hello Jed. Good morning. Breakfast time here (LATE!)
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Post by: Jed on March 13, 2004, 02:50:45 PM
Tarnation???
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Post by: bk on March 13, 2004, 03:02:28 PM
Book delivery has been made to Bookfellows.  We also, for a couple of reasons, moved the signing there up by one week, to the original date I'd wanted, April 10.  We'd pushed it because I wanted to be absolutely certain I'd have the books in hand.  Also, it turns out that there is some giant first-time art fair on Glendale on the 17th, and while that will mean that the streets will be jammed with people, it also means it will be impossible to park and that most of those people won't even go near the sidewalk to see what stores are there.  So, it's the 10th and I'll be sending out the first of two e-mail announcements about it in a week or so.  They should have a nice display of the new book up by end of today, or so I was told.

Pogue: Your book and CD are here - anyone who blurbs gets a free book and CD.
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Post by: Charles Pogue on March 13, 2004, 03:18:27 PM
BK..many thanks!  I apparently just missed you at Bookfellows.  But I saw the stack of books on the counter and very handsome they are indeed!  Also got a gander at my blurb. It looks great!  Hope it sells you a lot of books.  Is your publisher doing advertising bookmarks this time?  If so, I'll need a few for my bookmark collection.

Another wonderful comic play I love...that I also played the dual lead in...FLEA IN HER EAR.
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Post by: Matt H. on March 13, 2004, 03:33:20 PM
What do folks around here think about Neil Simon's RUMORS? I haven't seen it mentioned in any of the posts, but the theater groups in this area seem to put it on every other year. And it always does lots of business, more than a farce like LEND ME A TENOR does.

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Post by: Dan-in-Toronto on March 13, 2004, 03:50:29 PM
Persnickety is correct of course (even preferred). But I use the also acceptable pernickety. Does anyone else?
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Post by: William E. Lurie on March 13, 2004, 03:58:58 PM
I didn't find RUMORS all that funny, but it is a good choice for community theatre groups because it has an ensemble cast with no real leads.

By the way, regarding NOISES OFF and LEND ME A TENOR, I think a lot has to do with the production.  As funny as I found LEND ME A TENOR on Broadway, a community theatre production was so deadly that I left at intermission.  So far all three productions I've seen of NOISES OFF have been well done (original, revival and one community theatre) but I can imagine in the wrong hands it could be deadly.  And forget about the film --- you must see this play live to appreciate it.
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Post by: Dan-in-Toronto on March 13, 2004, 04:00:37 PM
We shopped at a favorite European cheese store this morning, and a bag of "Sweet Hungarian Paprika" caught Gord's eye. That inspired him to prepare Chicken Paprikash - and invite some neighbors over for an impromptu dinner. By coincidence, last night I baked DR Panni's scrumptious chocolate cake with a walnut crust. (Some months back, DR P had contributed the recipe for the benefit of DR RLP. The way I found it was Member List/Panni/Search/Bottom Layer.) So, without planning one, we've wound up with a Hungarian meal, which will be served in about half an hour. Music suggestions anyone?
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Post by: Tomovoz on March 13, 2004, 04:01:50 PM
Wondered about the film WEL. I have not had the chance to ever see "Noises Off". It has been performed here but I think I was out of the country or something. Chances are I wasn't too young.
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Post by: Panni on March 13, 2004, 04:28:29 PM
Dan-in-To - if you have any Marta Sebastyen recordings, they'd go very well with a Hungarian meal. So glad you've made my cake! Drink a toast of Egri Bikaver (Bull's Blood Wine - cheap and available most places) to my homeland!
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Post by: Jane on March 13, 2004, 04:35:27 PM
Then I went to the pet store and petted a dog, since I miss mine.

You may come pet Echo any time you want. :)
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Post by: Panni on March 13, 2004, 04:43:58 PM
WEL - Interesting that you're reading ACT ONE (one of my faves). I posted the review of KRITZER TIME which I did here (with some alterations, natch) on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. On the BandN site they ask for other book recommendations for those who like this book. I chose ACT ONE; PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN and the other two KRITZER books.
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Post by: Jane on March 13, 2004, 04:47:59 PM
Some Saturdays our visits at the nursing home are very difficult and I return home emotionally drained.  Today was one of those.   But then I picked up Dragonheart, the novel, began to read and completely forgot about myself.

Charles Pogue the dedication is beautiful.
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Post by: Jane on March 13, 2004, 04:52:55 PM
Tomovoz, I see you there.  So are our ice cream cakes similar?
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Post by: Panni on March 13, 2004, 04:57:03 PM
FS Pogue - Re THREE MUSKETEERS. It was 1968. I don't know if that's what you saw on PBS. This version was directed by my wildly wonderfully talented and difficult cousin, John Hirsch. It was so fast and confusing that as actors made their wild exits and entrances, ASMs were strategically posted backstage not only to help with costume changes, but direct them where the hell to go.

Hereís a bit from one of the retrospective Stratford programs:

Stratford's 1968 production of The Three Musketeers was marvelously lavish, and busy. It boasted "a mixture of three-ring circuses and Dumas and everything else that might be called 'camp', of Batman and Superman and pop art and every swash-buckling scene that Douglas Fairbanks or Errol Flynn ever played in, of dastardly villains and vixenish women and maidens or  pseudo-maidens in distress, of breathtaking gallantry and acrobatics, of incredible love-making, of eye-smiting costumes and ear-smiting noise."
Furthermore, "lurid seductions and rapes were initiated by both sexes and carried to successful conclusions in almost every scene."
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Post by: Panni on March 13, 2004, 04:58:42 PM
...You can tell it was directed by a Hungarian!
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Post by: Panni on March 13, 2004, 04:59:57 PM
...from my family.
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Post by: Tomovoz on March 13, 2004, 05:09:20 PM
I'm back Jane. Our ice cream cakes are JUST ICE-CREAM. There is no cake involved. They are just made to look like cakes. They are usually pre-ordered for a suitable design - racing car, teddy bear etc.
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Post by: William F. Orr on March 13, 2004, 05:28:52 PM
Besides Hamlet (that was my selection, not DR Kerry's), let me join the chorus for

The Importance of Being Ernest, which is always funny, but better with the best actors.  The Esperanto version, btb, is La Graveco de la Fideligho, with the name Fidel (faithful) doing duty for Ernest.  The translation is by the masterful Scottish poet William Auld, who has also published translations of Shakespeare's sonnets, several of his plays, Byron's Don Juan and the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Auld has the distinction of being the only Esperanto writer to be nominated for a Nobel prize.

And now that I've told you more than you want to know on that subject--oops, one more thing about tIoBE.  The other day there was a sad story on the radio about an abandoned infant being found somewhere here, but when they said the baby was left in a haaandbag, I couldn't help but guffaw.  It reminds one of the worst excesses of the French Revolution.

Arsenic and Old Lace.  I've seen it a couple of times on stage, but for me nothing touches my fellow Caltech graduate Frank Capra's film version.  It gives me the kind of laughter that is actually physically painful.  I only wish I had seen the original Broadway version with Boris Karloff as Jonathan--the self-referential jokes must have had the audience in paroxysms.  Now, if only you could combine Karloff in a production with Peter Lorre from the movie as Dr. Einstein, all that would be missing would be Teddy Roosevelt himself as Teddy.  Cary Grant could still play Mortimer.

DR Pogue:  The ACT production of Shrew was televised and had me doubled up with laughter.  Marc Singer's talents were wasted in his so-called movie career.

And oh joy, oh joy!  My Dragonheart is here, "used" from an amazon third-party dealer, but actually mint and never been opened.  Anyone looking for it should be advised that there are still copies listed.  Well, Dragonheart is here, Kritzer Time is on its way, and a brand new Guy Haines CD.  I'm in heaven.
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Post by: Jenny on March 13, 2004, 05:32:11 PM
I had no idea whatsoever that you lived in Valley Stream.  My Joe lived in Malverne and went to Valley Stream High School.  ...If you weren't off slumbering at the slumber party, I would insist that you come to the funeral this morning.  It will be at 9:45 at Our Lady of Peace at 25 Fowler Avenue, corner of Merrick Avenue, just West of Peninsula Boulevard (Britania insula est.  Italia pśne insula est.  Italia pśninsula est.--as we used to say in my High School (oo oo) days.)  Heck, you can probably walk there from your house!

It's a shame that I didn't see your post until this evening, because Maya and I would certainly have stopped by to express our condolences.  That's a funny coincidence that Joe grew up in my town!  Do you know which of the Valley Stream high schools he went to?  

I am simply having the most lovely weekend.  Maya and I had a splendid time last night, even if I was a wussburger and went to bed obscenely early.  She's a wonderful girl, and I hope to see her again soon!  We make a fine pair.  

After I dropped Maya off, I joined derBrucer and SWW for an absolutely perfect day.  They are hilarious, kind, pure gentlemen, and a girl couldn't wish for better company!  We saw "I Am My Own Wife" (Which we all thoroughly enjoyed), and then went to Joe Allen's for dinner.  I'm sure that Woody will post a detailed description of the restraunt and all things eaten there.  I had a truly wonderful time, and I can't wait til I get to see them again!

This has been a perfect weekend.  :)
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Post by: William F. Orr on March 13, 2004, 05:35:24 PM
And just so DR Panni won't feel left out, here is the poster for the Hungarian production:
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Post by: Jenny on March 13, 2004, 05:35:32 PM
My favorite comedies are "Lips Together Teeth Apart" (Well, until it stops being a comedy somewhere in the middle), "Business Lunch At The Russian Tea Room", "Notes On Akiba", "For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls", and, of course, "The Importance Of Being Earnest".
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Post by: William F. Orr on March 13, 2004, 05:40:29 PM
SŠndor Tůth (a major character in my novel Any Other Season also starred in Love's Labours Lost:
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Post by: Jed on March 13, 2004, 05:41:28 PM
Mmmm... now I'm hungry for the ENORMOUS scallops I had at Joe Allen's.
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Post by: William F. Orr on March 13, 2004, 05:41:44 PM
All of his Hungarian productions seem to get cancelled, you will notice.
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Post by: Panni on March 13, 2004, 05:43:26 PM
Thinking about Three Musketeers and John Hirsch got me to look up an old interview with him. Thought Iíd quote a bit Ė- relevant, I think to some of the things weíve been talking about in the last few daysÖ
A bit of historyÖ John was a Holocaust survivor. His parents and most of his family were killed. He spent much of the war, as a teenager, hiding, alone.
After the war he immigrated to Canada. He died in 1989, only 59 years old.

Interviewer: You remain essentially optimistic, donít you?

J. H.: You come out of the furnace and you should be pessimistic? Youíd have to really be an idiot. Still, you are not going to become a blithering optimist, either.

INTERVIEWER: So youíre not a Pollyanna?

J.H.: No! It is just simply that you cannot really live without believing that all this has some meaning. Not meaning thatís given to you, but meaning that you have to create for yourself.

INTERVIEWER: Is it a process of discovery?

J.H.: It isnít lying under the bed, or whistling at the bottom of the garden in a little cage. Every day youíve got to work at the meaning of your own particular existence. And one works with a lot of assumptions, which may or may not be true. But if they nurture you and if they help other people, then you embrace them.


And if I may take up some more space (Itís Saturday Ė thereís lots of space)Ö  This from his writingsÖ

Feeling an outsider, ďthe other,Ē is something I have been used to all my life. After fifty years of rehearsal, Iím beginning to play the part quite comfortably.

(Tomorrow, or later today, Iíll post some very eloquent things he had to say about theater.)



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Post by: Panni on March 13, 2004, 05:51:00 PM
WFO - First of all, sorry about the Hamlet mix-up. We should never censor first impulses. I automatically wrote down your name when posting about the quote, then thought about it and changed it. Thinking is always a mistake.

And how wonderful those posters are! I want to read Any Other Season. Did you have a Hungarian researcher? Or do you speak the language? - No way.
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Post by: William F. Orr on March 13, 2004, 05:53:10 PM
Thank you, DR Jenny.  If you had managed to stop by the funeral you would have been whisked away to my sister-in-law's house and forced to eat more wonderful Italian food and desserts than you could possibly imagine, and all two million or so distant aunts and uncles would have treated you like family, oh yes they would have.

We were telling them Joe was in hospital, because he didn't want the present situation to be general knowledge (no, none of them are browsing this board, I can assure you), and all these people I've only seen at a wedding or two years ago were coming up to me and offering their sympathies as though I were Julia's son.  I don't know what they think of the political issues attendant upon marriage  right now, but they do know how you treat people.

I've been eating awfully sparcely (some lettuce and parsley) since Joe has been away, but today I heard Mom talking to me from heaven and saying,  "Have some more.  You look thin."

As it is, you got to dine with SWW and DerB, so cheers to all of you.
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Post by: William F. Orr on March 13, 2004, 06:04:49 PM
DR Panni:  No problemo--I certainly am not insulted by being confused with DR Kerry.

As for my novel, it was on the internet for a few years (available free of charge--back before the days of blogs and such), until that site was retired by Hofstra.  I actually wrote it in the late 80's but updated it with the illustrations for my web page.

If I ever get off my butt-cheeks and do some technical revisions, I'll get it up again and my own eponymous (sorry, I just love that word) web site.

Alas, my knowledge of Hungarian is miniscule, and the translations for the posters were done by another internet friend, Janos Gereben by name, a film and theatre critic in Oakland, also of Magyar origins like yourself.
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Post by: Michael on March 13, 2004, 06:06:59 PM
DR Kerry: "Ordinary Miracles" sounds like it was written for "Yentle".  The song surfaced in Barbra's 1994 concert tour and and was issued with a live and studio version on a 4 track CD as well as "The Concert" Cd.
Tim Draxyl also sings the song and the liner notes for his album "Ordinary Miracles" just says "A love song introduced by Barbra Streisand during her historic live concerts of the mid 1990s"

But  you know who sings it even better than Streisand or Tim Draxl?? Miss Nancy LaMott. She was in incredible voice and especially when she (I think this is the right term) modulates up an octave on the last five words of the song.
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Post by: Jenny on March 13, 2004, 06:08:46 PM
Joe's family sound* like wonderful people.

We were telling them Joe was in hospital, because he didn't want the present situation to be general knowledge (no, none of them are browsing this board, I can assure you), and all these people I've only seen at a wedding or two years ago were coming up to me and offering their sympathies as though I were Julia's son.

I know that you've written before about Joe's situation, but I must not have read the post because I was under that impression that Joe is in the hospital.  Did I just misunderstand this post or is he somewhere else?

*Sounds?
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Post by: Michael on March 13, 2004, 06:09:23 PM
I also enjoyed Noises Off and Lend Me a Tenor. I would like to add two plays by Tom Stoppard Dogg's Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
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Post by: Michael on March 13, 2004, 06:14:45 PM
To my fellow Canadians. I was informed by my father today that actor Jack Creley died this week. He had been on Broadway in Man For All Seasons, such films as Dr. Strangelove and Videodrome. On Canadian TV he was the hotel manager in the comedy series  Snow Job and also appeared in the film version of Stephen Schwartz's The Magic Show.

And he also appeared on an episode of The King of Kennsington Street a series that DR Anna wrote for. For Horror fans he was the original shop owner that had all the evil artificats in Friday 13th: The Series.
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Post by: William E. Lurie on March 13, 2004, 06:17:49 PM
Panni---
I read ACT ONE when it first came out.  In fact I remember that it was the book I was reading on the way to start college.  A couple of months ago I found it in a catalogue of cut-outs (the most recent printing with several typos) and decided to read it again since I had recently read the bio of Hart.  I found ACT ONE a little hard to get into while he was talking about his childhood and camp social directing, but once he completed ONCE IN A LIFETIME and hooked up with Kaufman it is a great book.  I also saw the movie recently on cable and it is terrible.  Jason Robards as Kaufman was great, but suntan king George Hamilton as Hart?  I don't think so.
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Post by: Panni on March 13, 2004, 06:23:28 PM
I'm going to post John Hirsch's theater musings now, rather than waiting (Notes on him appear on the previous page).... And for the few of you who might find that what he wrote sounds just too, tooÖ The raunchiest, funniest production I ever saw of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON MY WAY TO THE FORUM, was directed by John.

By John Hirsch - Excerpted from A TRIBUTE TO J. H.:

Theatre is for the ongoing illumination of man: his problems, his dreams, his visions, the society which lifts him, his relationship to God. The is what theatre is about. It is also a celebration, communally, of all the values which society holds. To be truly human has to be learned, and has to be learned over and over again. And one of the places where we learn about being human is in the theatre.

As for the classics, if youíre going to do theatre, you should spend a lot of time doing the best. I just revel in the opportunity to come into the company of these great works. They kept me sane and helped me make sense of my life. If I hadnít been working on the plays of Shakespeare, Chekov, Brecht and the other masters, I believe I would have gone crazy, because I could not deal with my experiences of the war and the Holocaust directly. All these experiences are at the centre of the plays, whether itís the destruction of and disappearance of a society as in Chekhov, or tragedy of a personal kind in Shakespeare. Doing these plays became an ongoing meditation on what happened to me, an ongoing spiritual experience. I have always been an archeologist of my soul. The plays help in this exploration, which is the process of healing myself.

If your emotions, mind and sprit, as well as your senses, are not fed in the theatre, if you are not nurtured by some great vision clearly important to your existence, what the hell is theatre for?  Iíve been lucky. Iím very fortunate to have directed plays that I loved, to have worked with artist of extraordinary ability. These are the great pleasures of being in the theatre Ė to spend most of your time in the company of passionate, brilliant, talented and committed people. It spoils your for life.


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Post by: Panni on March 13, 2004, 06:25:06 PM
Thank you for the note about Jack Creley, Michael Shayne. Yes, I worked with him a number of times, both as an actress and as a writer. Very sad.
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Post by: Michael on March 13, 2004, 06:29:36 PM
Thank you for the note about Jack Creley, Michael Shayne. Yes, I worked with him a number of times, both as an actress and as a writer. Very sad.

I has the opportunity to work with him for a year on the TV series Snow Job where I was an assitant to the writers and producers. I saw his ups and his downs.
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Post by: Jrand69 on March 13, 2004, 06:29:48 PM
DR Danise I am GREEN - GREEN with envy I tell you - that you saw Mr Jonathan Frid in Arsenic & Old Lace.

I am also sick sick sick.... :P but that is a different story.  I decided to watch my video of Bells Are Ringing.  It is helping1

DRKerry - I would suggest Vitameatavegamin....with Vitameatavegamin it's easy to spoon your way to health!

It's so tasty, too.  Taste just like candy....Honest!!

I can't get through the Guy Haines CD!  Does anyone know why?  
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Post by: Tomovoz on March 13, 2004, 07:05:10 PM
Good health vibes to you JRand. Is Guy making you feel worse? Is it because you are "Gettin' Nowhere Fast"?  Do you not get past the beautiful rendition od Randy Newman's "Marie"? Does the thought of Chinese Food in Bed" make you want to....? I do hope "Terminal" is nothing to do with the answer.
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Post by: TCB on March 13, 2004, 07:05:40 PM
We shopped at a favorite European cheese store this morning, and a bag of "Sweet Hungarian Paprika" caught Gord's eye. That inspired him to prepare Chicken Paprikash - and invite some neighbors over for an impromptu dinner. By coincidence, last night I baked DR Panni's scrumptious chocolate cake with a walnut crust. (Some months back, DR P had contributed the recipe for the benefit of DR RLP. The way I found it was Member List/Panni/Search/Bottom Layer.) So, without planning one, we've wound up with a Hungarian meal, which will be served in about half an hour. Music suggestions anyone?

Damn it, Dan!  I missed dinner.  I love Chicken Paprikash!  Does Gord serve it with those little dumplings that you make in boiling water?  My dear dear friend, Lorna, who passed away almost two years ago, used to make the most fantastic Chicken Paprikash. I could eat three plates of the stuff.  God, I miss it, but I miss Lorna more.
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Post by: Jane on March 13, 2004, 07:09:33 PM
I'm back Jane. Our ice cream cakes are JUST ICE-CREAM. There is no cake involved. They are just made to look like cakes. They are usually pre-ordered for a suitable design - racing car, teddy bear etc.

Are they decorated at all?  Ours have frosting on them.  For my youngest sons 6th birthday I baked a white cake in a Care Bear pan (did children watch the Care Bear's there?).  Once the cake was cooled, out of the pan, I topped it with my son's favorite butterscotch ice cream from a local dairy and froze them together.  Then I took the cake out of the freezer, and as fast as I was capable, I frosted the cake to look like a Care Bear.  That cake was in and out of the freezer multiple times until I was done.  I have a photo of it some place.
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Post by: TCB on March 13, 2004, 07:15:50 PM
Mmmm... now I'm hungry for the ENORMOUS scallops I had at Joe Allen's.

Well, thank God, Jed, that you didn't have ENORMOUS shrimp.  I never know what size they are supposed to be.
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Post by: Jane on March 13, 2004, 07:17:37 PM
Mmmm... now I'm hungry for the ENORMOUS scallops I had at Joe Allen's.

Iím going to be sick.  This is worse than those strange peanut butter sandwiches.  I must have been about 10 years old when my mother tried to make me eat scallops.  She made me sit at the dinner table, after everyone had left, until I ate my scallops.  I sat there until bed time and from then on she served me tuna while the rest of the family ate the scallops.  I had tried telling her I was allergic to them but it didnít work.  Thank goodness it does with everyone else though.  ;D
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Post by: TCB on March 13, 2004, 07:28:56 PM
Iím going to be sick.  This is worse than those strange peanut butter sandwiches.  I must have been about 10 years old when my mother tried to make me eat scallops.  She made me sit at the dinner table, after everyone had left, until I ate my scallops.  I sat there until bed time and from then on she served me tuna while the rest of the family ate the scallops.  I had tried telling her I was allergic to them but it didnít work.  Thank goodness it does with everyone else though.  ;D

Well, the cat is out of the bag now, Missy.  From this moment on, the entire world will know that your "scallop allergy" is sheer bunk!  I wouldn't be suprised if the Scallop Institute of America (SCIA) didn't  sue you for false allergies.
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Post by: Charles Pogue on March 13, 2004, 07:29:07 PM
Micahel Shayne,  I also find ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD very funny.  Stoppard is probably my favourite present-day playwright (along with Peter Shaffer).  He is brilliantly witty, devastatingly intellectual, and, despite the specious clap-trap that you hear about him being cold, his play are very emotional.  Two of the most moving plays I've ever seen are THE REAL THING & ARCADIA.

Another funny play I saw a few years ago in London was FALLEN ANGELS by Noel Coward. Felicity Kendall and Frances DeLaTour had one of the best act two drunk scenes I ever saw.
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Post by: Robin on March 13, 2004, 07:32:54 PM
My favorite comedy (musical) would be A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.  Favorite (non-musical) comedy would be Noises Off.  Sorry for not being surprising.  I once read a script for a play called Viva Leche! which was utterly hilarious, but I've never seen a production of it, so I doubt it actually works when staged.  

Today was Movie Marathon Day...the Significant Other and I went out to see Secret Window and The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra and came back home to watch the deeveedees of Lon Chaney's Ace of Hearts and Myra Breckinridge.  Didn't care for the first, liked the second and third quite a bit, and found the fourth to be an incredible (if entertaining) misfire.  (But any movie in which Rex Reed is sex-changed into Raquel Welch certainly has chutzpah, if nothing else.
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Post by: Jrand69 on March 13, 2004, 07:40:51 PM
LOL Actually tomovoz - I can't get through the Guy Haines CD because I keep going back to listen to tracks several times!  

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Post by: Jane on March 13, 2004, 07:41:48 PM
TCB-ROTFLOL :D

Penny O has been driving all day and will be here in a few minutes.  We are about half way between LA and her home, making us a great stop for the night.  Iím sorry to say we wonít be having a fun pajama party since we are all early risers. Come to think of it, we didnít have them in high school when she spent the night with me.  I do recall one particular night she spent at my house.  It was the night Bruce called to tell me he had been in a car accident.   If you didnít read the excerpt from KRITZERTIME you will now have to read the book.
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Post by: Jrand69 on March 13, 2004, 07:41:49 PM
DR Robin how was CADAVRA?  And do you know what movie Mr Tor Johnson was in with Miss Allison Hayes?
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Post by: Jane on March 13, 2004, 07:49:17 PM
Penny O is here!
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Post by: Charles Pogue on March 13, 2004, 07:57:25 PM
I'm currently watching an interesting special (pledge week!) on PBS, LOST TREASURES OF BROADWAY.  They keep talking about 5 numbers on the tape/DVD they can't show (because they keep cutting in for pledge breaks!).
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Post by: Robin on March 13, 2004, 07:58:45 PM
DR Robin how was CADAVRA?  And do you know what movie Mr Tor Johnson was in with Miss Allison Hayes?

That would be The Unearthly.  

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra seems to have been made for me, personnally.  I have a weakness in my heart (or my head) for low-budget '50's SF films, so I was predisposed to like it; and they do a good job with all of the faux-Ed Wood dialogue, the cheap SFX, and so many other cliches of the genre.  And the audience seemed to like it almost as much as I did.  
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Post by: Jay on March 13, 2004, 08:10:09 PM
Book delivery has been made to Bookfellows.  We also, for a couple of reasons, moved the signing there up by one week, to the original date I'd wanted, April 10.  

Hoo and ray!  And Ray and hoo!  I'm going to be out of town on the 17th, but will be able to make the big extravaganza on the 10th.
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Post by: Jay on March 13, 2004, 08:21:02 PM
Iím going to be sick.  This is worse than those strange peanut butter sandwiches.  I must have been about 10 years old when my mother tried to make me eat scallops.  She made me sit at the dinner table, after everyone had left, until I ate my scallops.  I sat there until bed time and from then on she served me tuna while the rest of the family ate the scallops.  I had tried telling her I was allergic to them but it didnít work.  Thank goodness it does with everyone else though.  ;D

Ooooohhhhh.  Shades of Mommie Dearest.
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Post by: Noel on March 13, 2004, 08:22:40 PM
Enjoyed the new interview.  Although, you begin to sound like the old Match Game if you say "The man who originally conducted Robert Klein sining the song 'Fill in the Words' was named BLANK."

Last night, we ate at a Hungarian restaurant in Hellertown, PA.  I'm sure even Panni would be horrified, as it brought new meaning to the phrase, those who forget their repast are condemned to repeat it.
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Post by: Jay on March 13, 2004, 08:30:55 PM
And where, Dear Reader Noel, has your Dear Wife Dear Reader Joy been hiding?  We haven't seen posts from her in waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long.
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Post by: Jay on March 13, 2004, 08:32:20 PM
I'm trying to envision this reunion of Dear Reader Jane and Dear Reader Penny O.  Oh, to be a fly on that wall!
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Post by: Jay on March 13, 2004, 08:43:05 PM
I stopped in at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art today, Dear Readers, to see a major show--the museum touts it as "the first large-scale historical examination"--devoted to Minimalist art from 1958 to 1968.  I try and I try, but with the exception of a few pieces here and there, I never seem to arrive at a point of satisfactory understanding when it comes to this movement.  Can some Dear Reader explain it to me?
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Post by: Jane on March 13, 2004, 08:57:10 PM
Wanna be Fly on the Wall, we are having a great time discussing the HHW gang.  
Keith said to tell Penny won't eat rice and beans-guess why ;D
Penny says-here is Penny to tell in her own words.

Hiya, gang. So here I sit in Jane's and Keith's kitchen. Walk in, right away they feed ya. Then it's Ice Cream. oy. But we did listen to Ann's recital - lovely voice, grand choices of material. Some of my faves - I Remember is one I'll have to add now. Such a lot of talent on this here list, dontcha think?

Okay, so it's nighty night for Bonzo, here. I've been sitting in the car since 9:30 this morning. But I made good time, the weather was swell, and I'm in Ashland! What could be bad about that??? Nite, gang.
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Post by: Matt H. on March 13, 2004, 09:02:31 PM
BROADWAY'S LOST TREASURES with all those Tony Award show excerpts is going around for the second time on PBS obviously, as it showed the last time last summer/early fall. I bought the DVD used with the extra numbers on it, and they are worth the price of the DVD: the title number to APPLAUSE with Bonnie Franklin looking incredibly young, Barbara Harris' "Movie Star/Gorgeous" transformation scene from THE APPLE TREE, Patti LuPone's "Buenos Aires," "Easy Street" from ANNIE with Dorothy Loudon, and the Jimmy McHugh medley from Act II of SUGAR BABIES with Miller and Rooney.

One had hoped we'd get "Always Madamoiselle" from COCO, "I Hope I Get It" from A CHORUS LINE, "Nobody's Perfect" from I DO! I DO! and lots of other choicer moments, but maybe they're coming in another installment of the show coming this fall. At least, that's what I've heard.
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Post by: Jane on March 13, 2004, 09:06:32 PM
Keith said to tell Penny won't eat rice and beans-guess why ;D

Keith and Penny are making fun of me.  I can't understand why.
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Post by: Matt H. on March 13, 2004, 09:08:15 PM
I quite enjoyed MYRA BRECKINRIDGE. Yes, the movie's a messy muddle, but it's so much fun piecing it together into a quasi-sensible concoction (and you can if you've read the book; if you haven't, good luck).

Tonight, I watched WOMEN IN LOVE. Even though the DVD is not anamorphic, it contains a beautifully sharp and clear picture. The wrestling scene has never looked so luscious, and so does the rest of the film. Such awe-inspiring cinematography.
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Post by: Jane on March 13, 2004, 09:10:47 PM
Good night.
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Post by: bk on March 13, 2004, 09:41:58 PM
Watching movies.  Waiting for our late-night denizens.  Also, because I ate a huge lunch at all you can eat Todai, I'm trying to figure out if I should have something else.
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Post by: bk on March 13, 2004, 10:02:59 PM
Don't think I don't see you, Laura II.  Come on out of the woodwork and post - like Dolly, you've been gone too long.
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Post by: TCB on March 13, 2004, 10:22:12 PM
A l l    b y    m y s e l f !



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Post by: Dan (the Man) on March 13, 2004, 10:25:50 PM
Not totally, DR TCB.  I'm here winding down from a busy day.

I just noticed--both my gender and zodiac symbols point Northeast.  And I live in the Northeast!  And I'm member number 138.  And 138 means nothing to me!
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Post by: Tomovoz on March 13, 2004, 10:30:09 PM
I am having a visit to the late 60's and and early 70's this afternoon - Blood Sweat & Tears, Chicago and Joe Cocker. Sundays are always a strange day for music. I am likely to go from Mahalia Jackson to Dolly Parton within a short span of time. Fascinating I know but at least I'm still here!
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Post by: Tomovoz on March 13, 2004, 10:40:56 PM
An 11th hour rally is in order unless you guys are trying to break a record!
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Post by: Tomovoz on March 13, 2004, 10:43:17 PM
I had a friend send me a no Carb diet today.

No C heney
No A shcroft
No R umsfeld
No B ush.

As an outsider, I hope it catches on.
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Post by: Tomovoz on March 13, 2004, 10:48:09 PM
It seems as though I shall have to add the required six deep and meaningful works myself.
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Post by: Tomovoz on March 13, 2004, 11:01:58 PM
Yesterday Magnus had his photo posted time for his older sister to have her day in the sun .
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Post by: Tomovoz on March 13, 2004, 11:03:24 PM
Good to see someone is awake Laura II. Some fascinating posts would be really appreciated.
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Post by: Tomovoz on March 13, 2004, 11:19:38 PM
At least I tried (A Barnum reference) - I think that was the song dropped from the score. Which reminds me, I think I read that there was a new Cy Coleman musical getting ready for Broadway. I do hope so.
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Post by: bk on March 13, 2004, 11:31:28 PM
Apparently, Laura II is done with the likes of us, or so it would appear.  

What we got is failure to communicate.  What we got is Wussburgers, Inc.
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Post by: bk on March 13, 2004, 11:32:59 PM
Actually, I was tempted to just let us have a new low, just to get it over with, but, it's simply too easy with this post to at least tie our previous low.  However, high, low, who cares when we got us such cherce posts?
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Post by: DearReaderLaura on March 13, 2004, 11:34:11 PM
What lovely dogs Magnus and Fosca are.

Thanks, Jane, for the offer to pet Echo. I promise next time I'm in your neck of the woods, I'll do so!

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Post by: Tomovoz on March 13, 2004, 11:34:24 PM
I've got company. Bobby Baby. Wrong show. Bruce. I am looking forward to a parcel arriving at the end of the week.  Did you have any other overseas mail to post? I of course feel very special.
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Post by: Tomovoz on March 13, 2004, 11:38:55 PM
Thank you Laura. both dogs are being very playful and "puppish" this evening. Very annoying but I can't growl as Magnus has been so quiet for a few months and Fosca has tended to quieten down as a result.  They have wonderful happy natures and are so non aggressive with people and animals - they won't even chase rabbits which will even come up to our back door at times. I hope no-one unseemly reads this - people think they are guard dogs!
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Post by: bk on March 13, 2004, 11:39:42 PM
I posted one to Oz for you, one to the UK and two to Canada.  

And one for Mahler.
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Post by: Tomovoz on March 13, 2004, 11:46:06 PM
And a late appearance from Jed. Dinner time here. See you tomorrow.
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Post by: Jed on March 13, 2004, 11:47:00 PM
Just re-watched the movie Memento, which I own but hadn't watched in awhile.  Rather enjoy it, I do.  Popped one of my favorites in earlier, Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite.  Still find it good for some good laughs after a number of viewings.