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Re: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
« Reply #90 on: March 17, 2009, 07:30:30 AM »

Good morning!

Still light gray, but it seems hopeful that we'll have sunshine before the day is out. Would LOVE to see some blue sky after so many days of gray.
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« Reply #91 on: March 17, 2009, 07:31:31 AM »

Page Four Dance!!!
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« Reply #92 on: March 17, 2009, 07:33:17 AM »

I wonder what is taking so long, Druxy. When I sold my mother's house, escrow closed in two weeks.
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Re: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
« Reply #93 on: March 17, 2009, 07:33:19 AM »

Very sorry to read of the passing of your Aunt Mildred, DR JRand. You will be in my thoughts today.
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« Reply #94 on: March 17, 2009, 07:35:01 AM »

I've seen a ton of Shakespeare, good and bad, a fair amount unconventional, but very little I would say was outright "weird".   I did see Vanessa Redgrave play Prospero in a TEMPEST at the Globe Theatre in London.  She made a rather phlegmatic Prospero and the production didn't really work with a strange mideastern concept.  The most interesting part of the production was one of the clowns was sick (Trinculo?) and the Artistic Director of the theatre, Mark Rylance, came in to do the role, obstentibly on book, but he never referred to the script and was very good.

I also saw a Mafioso MUCH ADO which also interpolated some Cole Porter songs in it.  It was a hash of a concept that didn't work at all, was badly directed, and not particularly well-performed.  Benedick came off like a pouting Shirley Temple. 

The weirdest Shakespeare I ever saw was an AS YOU LIKE IT where the forest of Arden became a Circus.  One character became an organ-grinder's monkey.  There was a two-headed lady, a bearded lady. Stilt-walker.  Jacques was a clown.  Rosiland at one point sang SEND IN THE CLOWNS.  It was, once again, a case of trying to shoe-horn a concept onto a play where it didn't work.  It would fall into my "bad" category.

Back in 2007, I played Claudius in a sort of bleak, repressive, facist state, modern dress, multi-media Hamlet.  The concept worked pretty well and the play got a spread in AMERICAN THEATRE magazine.
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« Reply #95 on: March 17, 2009, 07:35:39 AM »

Lousy news, DR Druxy.   :P
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« Reply #96 on: March 17, 2009, 07:35:56 AM »

A couple of friends of mine did a local production of MACBETH that I enjoyed very much but others didn't think much of. The unit set was sort of based on Stonehenge, but the biggest change was that the three witches were portrayed as slinky, voluptuous sirens. One of them had a huge, real defanged python that she used as a prop every night coiled around her. That caused lots of talk.
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« Reply #97 on: March 17, 2009, 07:38:14 AM »

On TV TOnight!™

CBS - NCIS, THE MENTALIST, WITHOUT A TRACE
NBC - BIGGEST LOSER, LAW & ORDER: SVU
ABC - DANCING WITH THE STARS (recap show and results), PRIMETIME
FOX - AMERICAN IDOL (two hours; Grand Old Opry theme night)
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« Reply #98 on: March 17, 2009, 07:39:32 AM »

As I mentioned yesterday, I'll be doing the regular DVD version of THE LAST METRO today. Though I'll rewatch the entire movie, I won't have to spend much time with the bonus features this time around, so I'm hopeful to get it done early enough to have a nice piece of the evening for myself.
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« Reply #99 on: March 17, 2009, 07:40:26 AM »

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I also saw a Mafioso MUCH ADO which also interpolated some Cole Porter songs in it....

That sounds even worse than what I saw!
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« Reply #100 on: March 17, 2009, 08:00:39 AM »

Good Morning!

I now have cable TV and internet at my apartment here in Charleston, SC!

*Now, I just need to kindly ask one of my roommates to pack up my Airport Express and send it to me.  ;)
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« Reply #101 on: March 17, 2009, 08:01:36 AM »

Whilst at Carnegie Tech a friend of mine and also a Dramat was in a production of Much Ado About Nothing as an extra. His red tights had a hole in it at the lower part of his leg. He took lipstick and put it on his leg to disguise the fact that he had a hole in his tights. Whilst standing downstage Left-He heard the following exchange from two women audience members.

"He Has a hole in his tights"

"No,he doesn't"

"Yes,He Does"

All of a sudden he felt a clammy finger that attacked the hole in his tights.

"You're right",saith the lady "It is a Hole!"
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« Reply #102 on: March 17, 2009, 08:02:13 AM »

The craziest Shakespeare production I've seen was Much Ado About Nothing at Fresno State.  It was modernized to 1920s Sicily, and they were all members of the Mafia.  This was because the director wanted to make a big deal of Hero's bloodstained bedsheets after her wedding night, hanging from the window, proving she had lost her virginity.

Eeewwwww.

I'm puzzled; Hero's wedding is a disaster because of the slander. KILL CLAUDIO! And what was the source for the bloody sheets? I doubt either Margaret or Ursula - I always forget which one is tangled ibn the plot - was a virgin.

I did see a great 1930s mafia MERCHANT OF VENICE with Stanley Tucci as the gent who runs off with Nerissa, and the Portia going to court in a fedora and double breasted suit.
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« Reply #103 on: March 17, 2009, 08:03:11 AM »

DR druxy - At least you know it's going to close. -Just how complete/finished is your new place in Austin?
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« Reply #104 on: March 17, 2009, 08:09:19 AM »

The craziest Shakespeare production I've seen was Much Ado About Nothing at Fresno State.  It was modernized to 1920s Sicily, and they were all members of the Mafia.  This was because the director wanted to make a big deal of Hero's bloodstained bedsheets after her wedding night, hanging from the window, proving she had lost her virginity.

Eeewwwww.

I'm puzzled; Hero's wedding is a disaster because of the slander. KILL CLAUDIO! And what was the source for the bloody sheets? I doubt either Margaret or Ursula - I always forget which one is tangled ibn the plot - was a virgin.
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Claudio and Hero scurried offstage during the final celebrations.  The bloodied bedsheet was hung from their upstairs window during the curtain calls.
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« Reply #105 on: March 17, 2009, 08:10:35 AM »

I'm going to do some computer maintenance stuff and then head downstairs to get cleaned up for lunch out today with best friend John.

WBBL.
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« Reply #106 on: March 17, 2009, 08:12:37 AM »

First off, condolences to edisaurus and Jrand for Uncle Bob and Aunt Mildred.
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« Reply #107 on: March 17, 2009, 08:12:44 AM »

Second off, I'm up.
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« Reply #108 on: March 17, 2009, 08:13:20 AM »

Third off, in about twenty minutes I will lug ten boxes to the car - hope they all fit.  Then I will drive them to the UPS Store and be done with this infernal shipping.
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« Reply #109 on: March 17, 2009, 08:13:37 AM »

Uncle JO JO-

How long are you going to be in the nether regions of South Carolina?
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« Reply #110 on: March 17, 2009, 08:19:08 AM »

The interview with David Pevsner on Donald's radio show is WONDERFUL.
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« Reply #111 on: March 17, 2009, 08:19:51 AM »

Uncle JO JO-

How long are you going to be in the nether regions of South Carolina?

Hmm... I don't recall "nether regions" being included in any of the Charleston tourism brochures.  ;)

I'm here through the April 27.
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« Reply #112 on: March 17, 2009, 08:20:54 AM »

Glad someone is listening to Donald's great radio show here on haineshisway.com.  Seriously, if it's something you routinely skip or don't even know about, give it a listen.
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« Reply #113 on: March 17, 2009, 08:21:07 AM »

Your gig and Anthony's gig end on the same day
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« Reply #114 on: March 17, 2009, 08:23:11 AM »



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« Reply #115 on: March 17, 2009, 08:23:44 AM »

I wonder what is taking so long, Druxy. When I sold my mother's house, escrow closed in two weeks.

The lender is backed up.

Also, the buyer is going to use it as income property.
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« Reply #116 on: March 17, 2009, 08:24:00 AM »

Your gig and Anthony's gig end on the same day

OH!  Maybe we could have a joint "Welcome Back To NYC!" party? ;)
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« Reply #117 on: March 17, 2009, 08:25:28 AM »

DR druxy - At least you know it's going to close. -Just how complete/finished is your new place in Austin?

It's my understanding that, if escrow were closed, we could probably move in next week...although there are a few things we want to do ourselves before we actually move in (i.e. cabinets, sprinklers, securing the fence for our dogs, etc.).
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« Reply #118 on: March 17, 2009, 08:48:43 AM »

HAPPY ST. PADDY'S DAY TO YE ALL !!!

MAY YOU ALL HAVE A GRAND WEARIN' O' THE GREEN DAY!!

(I know I'm terribly E and T as of late, but I just had to remember you HHWers on this fine March 17th)
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« Reply #119 on: March 17, 2009, 08:50:01 AM »

Today is Saint Patrick's Day but I'm wearing a red turtleneck and brown pants and brown shoes.

Tsk, tsk -- someone is cruisin' for a pinchin' ...
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