Byron, as always, you're off base. I have seen ACC so many times I can't count. While Ira's voice may not be as strong as David's...and considering all the songs were written by the elder Wood in his favorite key, I might add....I found no pitch problems or thinness in his singing voice. You are being nit picky and showing your ass, as usual. I actually found some of the young Wood's performance preferable to the aging and not as spry elder Wood.
Disclaimer: I work for Deep Dish Theater. Award: IS HE DEAD for best ensemble. The show is written in such a way to highlight all players and throw jokes (good or bad, depending on your view) to everyone. We were blessed with a cast (Stephen Roten, Lormarev Jones, Tracey Phillips, John Boni, Thom Gradisher, Jon Karnofsky, Kit FitzSimons, Joyce Weiser, Sharlene Thomas, and C Delton Streeter) who embodied the sheer FUN of that play. It was a joy to watch, each and every night.
What lovely writing. It is so hard to remember dead friends without any sap.
beautiful remembrance. i remember you and peter at that table, shirlette. cup a joe is where i met him, too. peter was a public servant; even when he outraged us, he made us think. i hope he haunts hillsborough street.
lisa staton dyer
Has Haley Barbour approved this??
As much as I love Conan (he is my favorite), I totally agree with everything you said about Fallon. He's doing a great job.
Conan still not funny. Curiosity bump will be over by next week.
well said. He is an entertainer and an artist, both of which require the ability to be original and hold the attention of a multitude of people...check and check Joaquin. You are still here, though I feel that the years to come will not be a resurrection of your career, but rather a rebirth with more acquired admiration from those of us who still appreciate the avant-garde and the clever. - Rachel Teppo -
Shen Wei's FOLDING is such a beautiful modern dance. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!
Not such a good idea to base one's prospects for a film on an unknown blogger's opinion - a blogger who didn't even know enough about the production to realize it had nothing to do with Sinclair Lewis. And her description of Durham sounds like something created from a Wikipedia blurb, or perhaps a Duke Alum friend's description from 15 years ago. Since speculation seems to be rampant here, allow me to indulge as well - the name Jordan doesn't sound like someone who's lived a long life yet or who has reached the maturity to understand non-Avatar complex or nuanced drama. I like slow films - they simmer in my memory and reveal meaning for weeks after I view them. We need to give Main Street a chance and not presume it will lead to the such events as the tragic downfall of the lovely town of Durham, NC, for heaven's sake.
Thanks for showing. Many of us were quite curious how the film would turn out and the answer seems to be "not well."
Awesome time indeed! Lots of ActionFest photos up at Performance Impressions - http://www.performanceimpressions.com/Acti…
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I have long been a fan of Lois Lowry books. I am happy to be passing my love for them onto my daughters now. Anastasia Krupnik is my all time favorite series and to see my daughter reading them now shows that no matter how times of changed, great books remain timeless!
Thanks for a thought-provoking & tasty bit of writing, from "continental divide" to "carbonated yet calibrated". Planning an expedition to Raleighwood now!
Kirk! You are fantastic! I'm so excited to be your model, but just know that there will be a wave with air check marks through our food science buddies ;)
How sad and impoverished is the soul which must focus on tearing down that which it does not understand. Tanya, learn to look for the blessings, the fun, the GOOD stuff in life! For the rest of us, let's just continue to appreciate excellent works AND let's also keep the ability to enjoy them to the utmost.
Sorry to see that the first comment had to be a disparaging one as well as patently incorrect. I feel sorry for Tanya since she is the author of that thought, i.e., "...perpetuation of racism." This says more about what's going on in her head and has nothing to do with what appeared on stage. About the performance: Excellent, excellent, excellent, all the way around and exactly what theater should be about, a momentary suspension of cares and woes and the delight of color, action and sound. Give it a rest Tanya.
While it's always refreshing to see people responding to a performance with a spirited discussion, I dare hope that next year's planned production of Princess Ida will not lead to denunciations of the artists for advocating that women shouldn't be educated.
Thanks, Byron, for a great discussion. Another site that goes into the jistory of kabuki:
I attended (and greatly enjoyed!) the Saturday performance. Very early on the character of Poobah mentions that he is among other things the "Chancellor of the Exchequer," an explicitly and uniquely British office. From that point forward I assumed the play was a satire of British government, not Japanese people, government or culture.
Two tremendous ironies here:
* The words to "As Some Day It May Happen" (the "little list" song) are often changed to exclude a term now considered highly offensive but that was originally used as an explicit condemnation by Gilbert of the very minstrels to which Tanya is comparing this production. Gilbert was known for calling out contemporary British figures for satire and my assumption when listening on Saturday was that the lyrics are a laundry list of his grievances against British society.
* As early as 1886 Japanese royalty were viewing the play in England and enjoying it or, in the case of Prince Fushimi Sadanaru, complaining to the British government that he was disappointed to find it banned out of fear of offending him because he had planned to see it while he was there. There's also currently a touring Japanese production called Chichibu Mikado that is extremely popular in Japan itself.
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