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Monday, September 26, 2005

I'm sick today, but the Questionnaire must go on

1. Name something you recently discovered, to your surprise, that you are good at.

2. Fill in the blank: True friends don't ________ .

3. What was your best experience seeing live theater? Name the play and share any relevant or interesting details.


Blogger Eric said...

1. Rock-climbing. I was out in California last month visiting a friend who has done it avidly for years, so she taught me the basics. It's good fun.

2. ...forget your birthday.

3. Two come immediately to mind: the revival a few years ago of Mamet's "American Buffalo" at the Atlantic Theater Company, with William H. Macy, Philip Baker Hall, and Mark Webber. A perfect production of a perfect play, in a perfect theater with a perfect cast.

The other would be Albee's "The Play About the Baby," at Century Center in NYC with Marian Seldes and Brian Murray. Wow.

Runners-up would include last fall's Broadway revival of "'Night Mother," with Edie Falco and Brenda Blethyn; the recent Shakespeare in the Park production of "As You Like It;" Mamet's "The Old Neighborhood" at the Booth Theater in 1997 and the revival of "Glengarry Glen Ross" currently playing at the Jacobs; the original production of "Art" at the Royale, with Alan Alda, Victor Garber, and Alfred Molina; and Richard Nelson's "Franny's Way," also at the Atlantic, in 2000 or so.

I think that's enough. Yes.

11:58 AM  
Blogger kStyle said...

1. I make good tomato sauce. I mean, you just follow the recipe, but still.

2. jump to conclusions.

3. Gracious, I haven't seen live theater for so long that I'm salivating thinking about it. The cats put on a good nightly show in our living room, which I call "Feline Theater"...

The first Broadway play I ever saw (Ann was there!) was "Crazy For You". Incredible choreography, great Gershwin score. It was a beautiful thing. I don't know that it was my Best experience of live theater, but it was a big moment for me.

Another significant moment that comes to mind: I had a small, nonspeaking role in a community theater production of "Man of La Mancha". The show had such a great cast and director that I was incredibly proud to have even this tiny part, and I loved watching rehearsals.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Sex with women.

2. Hump your leg uninvited.

3. Third grade, a production of "Stone Soup"

2:09 PM  
Blogger Emma Goldman said...

1. Laminated doughs.
2. be disloyal.
3. I don't really go to live theater.

2:25 PM  
Anonymous ben said...

1. picking out blinds (as in window blinds).

2. have their insides filled with beans. Isn't that right Jersey?

3. Sometime in very early high school, the school theater group did Ubu in Chains for a competition play, and for some reason that was a very fun experience to watch. I think they broke the competition rules, though, by letting me help hand out programs even though I wasn't part of the group. An Eastern Michigan production of A Thousand Clowns also sticks out in my memory, but more because I like the content then that particular performance. My own in-class-only performance of The Zoo Story... well, those were different times. Just ask my friend Jersey.

11:43 PM  
Blogger kStyle said...

Poor Jersey. He can't help being stuffed with beans.

Emma, what makes a bread laminated?

11:40 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

1. Um...um.....

2. seduce your boyfriend

3. I like the Shakespeares I've seen--especially "Pericles," "The Tempest" (which I saw at the Globe Theater in London; it starred Vanessa Redgrave as Prospero), and the four productions of "As You Like It" I've seen. "Pirates of Penzance" was good, and also "The Mousetrap" and "Copenhagen," which was about Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. Oh, God, I can't forget the Reduced Shakespeare Company: "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" and "The Complete History of America (Abridged)." Among the funniest things I've ever experienced.

But I'd rather talk about my *worst* experience with live theater. It was a play based on Anton Chekhov's short story "Lady With a Lapdog," and it was PAINFUL. At one point the main character spoke to the audience while another character stood on a chair beside him and flicked water at him with a kitchen pot-scrubber dipped in a mug, over and over. Then there were the bizarre "sex scenes": In one, the male character sprinkled sand around the prone (and fully-clothed) female character's body and across her crotch; in another, both characters played erotic tug-of-war with a long piece of fabric.

Also, the seats were uncomfortable.

Another evil production was a one-man show about Charles Dickens. It was so dull that my professor fell asleep and started snoring.

"Crazy For You" was indeed great--a good story, lots of dancing and on . kStyle, remember the production of "Man of La Mancha" we saw in which a woman went up on stage during the rape scene and yelled at the men to leave her granddaughter alone?

11:54 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

Emma, what makes a bread laminated?

The shrink-wrapped plastic, of course.

11:55 AM  
Blogger kStyle said...

Oh yes! I'd forgotten about that production!! That was hilarious.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Ann, "envy" is such a limited word to express my feelings about your having gotten to see Vanessa Redgrave play Prospero...

I saw Ralph Fiennes do Hamlet, but I'd trade it. I'd also trade Al Pacino in O'Neill's "Hughie." I think.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

She was wonderful, played Prospero as weighty and serious. A *presence*. (Seeing "The Tempest" while standing three feet from an eye-level stage on a cold, rainy day was, I'd say, just as incredible.)

I saw Ralph Finnes in "Richard II." Alas, the only thing I remember about it is that it had one of the most beautiful set designs I've ever seen.

1:10 PM  
Blogger kStyle said...

I'm jealous of both of you: I've seen a lot of mediocre Shakespeare, never a Really Great production.

It is some solace that I have access to a ton of incredible live jazz music living in this area.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Emma Goldman said...

What you're really doing is encasing a slab of butter in an envelope of dough, to start with. Then, as you roll out and fold over that envelope--while maintaining the envelope's integrity--what you're doing is creating many very thin layers. If you do it correctly, anyway. I suspect it's the "thin layers" part that makes it laminated.

2:10 PM  

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