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Re:ONE ROLLER SKATE COVERED WITH 1000 ISLAND DRESSING
« Reply #240 on: May 09, 2008, 08:58:39 PM »

This should do it.
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« Reply #241 on: May 09, 2008, 09:05:17 PM »

Page 9 Ghost Whisperer dance
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« Reply #242 on: May 09, 2008, 09:05:48 PM »

Hmmm, you can hardly see the ghost in that dance
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« Reply #243 on: May 09, 2008, 09:20:17 PM »

This has been a very "tired"-making day.  

Among other weekly end-of-week clusters, it happens to be the last day for entering requsitions for fiscal year fund expenditures (County FY runs July 1 through June 30) into our PeopleSoft financials data system.

Yes...they need seven weeks, at least, to prepare for the new fiscal year and they can't have us encumbering this fiscal year's funds beyond today.

I've entered something like 11 requsitions in the past three days.  I've never done more than about 5 a year until recently.

I am not a huge fan of PeopleSoft....
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Re:ONE ROLLER SKATE COVERED WITH 1000 ISLAND DRESSING
« Reply #244 on: May 09, 2008, 10:20:51 PM »


Okay...but I can't until I get home later, tonight.  Not so later tonight, the family is all going to the Red Wind casino for the seafood (and other kinds of food) buffet.  My niece's birthday was three weeks ago and at the casino, you can get a free meal within a month of your birthday, so we're all going and two of us will eat for free. :) Anyway, we're meeting at 5:30, so it won't be incredibly late.

I was just there for dinner last night.  It was wonderful, but not quite the buffet you get on Friday and Saturday night.  They had plenty of crab last night, but the appeal of crab is wasted on me.  It was nice last night because it wasn't very crowded.

And tonight, the ENTIRE seafood buffet was completely wasted on me. :P There was almost nothing that I wanted (other than the desserts ;)).  Anyway, I didn't starve, but if I had known what was really available, I wouldn't have gone at all.  The only consolation was that it was free...but again, it would've been better for me to go on a different night. :-\
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« Reply #245 on: May 09, 2008, 10:26:42 PM »

Well, I'm off to the casino for my birthday buffet with the family.  Hopefully, I'll be home in time to watch Doctor Who (as it's broadcast), but I'm at least recording it, so I won't miss it. :)

Have a good evening, all!!

I didn't, but I recorded it, so I'm going to watch it now.  I watched "Ghost Whisperer" and then "Battlestar Galactica" started recording, so I came across a one-hour show about the original London production of the musical Lord of the Rings.  It was quite fascinating and seeing how it all came together (and at times almost fell apart) was fun...and it was in hi-def! :) I just wish I had caught the very beginning to record it.  It's not going to be on again, that I can find.
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« Reply #246 on: May 09, 2008, 11:47:14 PM »

Back from a lovelier than lovely evening with dear reader Jose.  We had a rather large meal at Claim Jumper - although none of us really overate, we all felt like we did.  I'll let Jose give you the particulars.
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« Reply #247 on: May 09, 2008, 11:47:27 PM »

He has photographs, too.
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« Reply #248 on: May 09, 2008, 11:47:54 PM »

I saw two more reviews for the Brain - both excellent, so that was nice.  I'll print them here in a moment.
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« Reply #249 on: May 09, 2008, 11:48:04 PM »

I gotta tell you.
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« Reply #250 on: May 09, 2008, 11:49:39 PM »

The Brain performance was very good this evening, but we had one of those unresponsive audiences that just didn't want to laugh - it was a great effort for them to laugh, but ultimately, despite themselves, they finally did laugh - in fact, some things that never get laughs got big laughs.  Our Brain Tap mark was very good, too.
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« Reply #251 on: May 09, 2008, 11:52:09 PM »

Now I must write Ye Olde Notes - but first I'll go hunt down the two reviews.
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« Reply #252 on: May 09, 2008, 11:53:54 PM »

Review one:

The Brain From Planet X
by Obed Medina, EDGE Los Angeles

May 9, 2008


The place: San Fernando Valley. The time: 1958. The Bunson family shares a neighborhood with the likes of the Cleavers, the Gillis, but not the Bradys, they haven’t moved in yet. Their unsuspecting lives are about to change when an evil oversized brain from Planet X decides to target earth for conquest. With his two assistants, he sets out to destroy humanity by disintegrating the very ideal of the "nuclear family." Prepare yourself for ultimate annihilation, 1950’s style.

Straight out of the B-movie genre of that same time period, The Brain from Planet X definitely pays tribute to those movies in a way that is refreshing, witty, smart, and funny. It also closely follows the campy nature of these films while doing so in a self depreciating manner that, I feel, lends this musical (yes, it’s a musical!) its charm. Bruce Kimmel’s book and lyrics (he’s also the director of the show for this production) manages to lampoon much of the Eisenhower Era by referencing women’s movements, gender roles, sexuality, and war without getting too political.

To pull off something as zany as "The Brain From Planet X," you would need finely tuned cast to pull it off, and this cast does. Allison Appleby and Bob Simpson are perfectly matched as Joyce and Fred Bunson. Appleby’s comedic turn comes when she finds liberation (weirdly enough) after her body is taken hostage by the will-bending ray guns wielded by Zubrick (Daniel Berlin) and Yoni (Emily Clark). These two alien assistants play off each other like a comedy duo while each struggles with new emotions that overcome their own bodies here on earth. Zurick embraces his sexuality while Yoni uses hers to better understand the male species.

The rest of the cast does well in sustaining the wacky nature of the show. Shannon Cudd, as the Bunson’s slutty teenage daughter, Donna, is funny enough as she goes from late night lip sucking sessions with his disinterested would-be beatnik boyfriend Rod (Dimas Diaz) to unexpected savior to her family. And finally, there is the Brain itself. Mark Rothman is hilarious in a subtle way that reminded me of Mel Brooks. The humor he brings is so casual that it had a stand up comedy routine to it that enhanced the show. His timing is perfect and it should be. His past experience as one of the youngest television writers for The Odd Couple, Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley, has prepared him for world for the ultimate this ultimate role.

The Chance Theatre is a very tight and intimate space and they use it to full advantage. Kudos to the director, Bruce Kimmel and set designer Masako Tobaru for their inventive use of space, minimal sets, and projections to create an intergalactic struggle of epic proportions.

The Brain from Planet X runs through June 8 at The Chance Theatre, 5552 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, CA 92807. For schedule, ticket prices and more information visit The Chance Theater’s website.
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« Reply #253 on: May 09, 2008, 11:55:34 PM »

Review two:

Singing Visitors from Outer Space Deliver Treasures
by Stan Jenson, Blade Magazine

May 8, 2008


Anaheim’s Chance Theater, celebrating its tenth season, was recently voted the #2 Live Theater Group in OC by the readers of The Register (SCR topped the list). They are probably the county’s top interpreter of serious works like Sondheim musicals and such, but their current production, The Brain From Planet X, is proof that when silly material is presented by an excellent company, the results can be spectacular.

The Brain from Planet X, with music, lyrics and direction by Bruce Kimmel, is a send-up of those bad sci-fi movies of the 50’s, much in the vein of The Rocky Horror Show. A slapdash trio of aliens from Planet X visits Planet Earth with the intention of world domination. Quite naturally, they decide to start with the San Fernando Valley. Little do they anticipate the wily resistance of local inventor Fred Bunson, his doting wife Joyce, and their lovely daughter Donna. Various scenes are lovingly lifted from such cinematic giants as "Invaders From Mars," "The Creeping Terror," and "Plan Nine from Outer Space." We encounter such obligatory characters as the military leader General Mills and his adjunct, Private Parts; Joyce’s dying-but-clever octogenarian father, Professor Leder; and Donna’s amorous beatnik boyfriend Rod. 1958 was never this much fun!

In the hands of a lesser company, this show could be tedious, but at The Chance, it sparkles. Allison Appleby and Bob Simpson excel as the uber-ordinary Valley couple, Fred and Joyce. She lovingly welcomes him home from work each evening with a cold beer and a Donna Reed smile – that is, until the Behavior Modification Ray of the aliens turns her into an emotionless automation. The military wants to bomb the sinister alien craft, but cannot pierce its shield without the secret invention of Fred and Professor Leder. You’ve heard all these lines before, but in this combination, they’re hilarious.

The aliens themselves include Yoni (Emily Clark), a man-hungry female, and Zubrick (Daniel Berlin), a man-hungry male. They are led by the deadpan Brain (Mark Rothman). Picture Ben Stein with his brain on the outside of his head doing Vaudevillian soft shoe in a floor-length glittering cape. It’s that sort of a show. Also noteworthy are Michael Irish as the narrator (who doubles as the geriatric Professor Leder) and Shannon Cudd as the libidinous daughter.

The 17 songs are bright and brief, accompanied by an offstage trio capably led by Bill Strongin. The voices are uniformly excellent, and the radio microphones make every syllable audible without actually sounding amplified. Adam Cates’ choreography is lively, appropriate, and damned funny. At the very mention of a brain tap, the entire cast dons tap shoes and does a production number. Masako Tobaru’s extensive use of projections allows her set design to rapidly move from location to location.

In short, The Brain From Planet X is a delight from beginning to end, fast moving and constantly fun. Writer/director Bruce Kimmel has lovingly mined every cliché for maximum laughs, and keeps his excellent company moving at locomotive speed. See it – or risk annihilation from the planet!

“The Brain From Planet X” continues at The Chance Theater, 5552 E. La Palma Ave, Anaheim Hills, 92807, through June 8. Tickets are $27 - $30, and available at www.chancetheater.com, or by phone at (714) 777-3033.
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Re:ONE ROLLER SKATE COVERED WITH 1000 ISLAND DRESSING
« Reply #254 on: May 10, 2008, 12:36:56 AM »

Good Evening!

...What bk said.  ;)
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« Reply #255 on: May 10, 2008, 12:37:28 AM »

So... I went here tonight...


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