I’m assuming my infrequent posting has reduced my readership to just the 4 or 5 of us. Or maybe everyone is just busy commenting over on the Style site. The comments in response to this week’s reviews have been particularly intriguing, I think. The Amadeus comments make me sad that I’m going to miss the show (see details below) and not just because I’ll miss Ms. Blake’s underwear. The Children of a Lesser God comments make me wonder who is so close to Ms. Siegel and yet so spiteful. Hmmm…
Anyway, I’m taking the drop-off in readership as an opportunity to be more freewheeling with my commentary. Or maybe just a little more up-close-n-personal with what I post.
To whit: here’s a personal tidbit I’ll throw in: my wife and I are leaving town for a while. We’re trading our stripes as theater-lovers for one of the other sets of stripes we sometimes wear: music-lovers. Starting Saturday, we’ll be aboard the Norwegian Dawn for the Cayamo Cruise. While touring the Caribbean, we’ll be treated to concert performances by the likes of the Indigo Girls, Lyle Lovett, and Shawn Colvin as well as some of our favorite smaller bands like Girlyman and Over the Rhine.
Feel free to hate us if you like but it’ll be the longest vacay the lovely Mrs. and I have taken alone since before our first little one popped out more than 15 years ago. I’m a little tenuous about the whole enterprise – particularly given the state of the economy and the scary drop in the value of our savings. But I’m weighing that against the costs – both emotional and financial – of estrangement and divorce and thinking prevention is the best medicine and in fact a relatively prudent course.
The trip will mean I’m going to miss opening nights for two shows I am particularly curious about, “Rabbit Hole” at the Firehouse and “Mona’s Arrangements” out at Hanover Tavern. But I will make it to both of these shows eventually, as should every other responsible theatergoer in town. I mean, Jan, Audra and Scott in one cast? How can you miss that? Unfortunately, I will not be able to see Amadeus before it closes.
Missing shows I want to see is always disappointing – sometimes downright tragic – which is why I may just go ahead and make arrangements now to go see the planned Spiderman musical. Whether it is wonderfully good or spectacularly bad (I’m kinda betting on the latter), this seems like the kind of cultural event that it’d be just criminal to miss.
Speaking of which, I will be back in town for the opening of “Watchmen.” I’m pretty psyched about that one.