Monday, February 15, 2010

Up in the Air

The recent weather events seemed to throw many plans / projects into a whirlwind of reschedulings, cancellations and catch-ups. That’s certainly been the case here at my blog. If we don’t get dumped on again today, perhaps some semblance of normalcy can return.

Several shows have managed to open and a few reviews have hit the papers. Susan Haubenstock raved about RTP’s “Facing East;” the new facility plus an opportunity to see the lovely and talented Melissa Johnston Price has put this show on my “must see” list. (BTW: my lovely wife says that Vera Farmiga, who is so incredible in the movie "Up in the Air," reminds her of Ms. Price; what do you think?) I’ll also have to get out to the Barksdale / VCU co-pro of “Grapes of Wrath” which Ms. Haubenstock was not as enamored of. But I’m reading the book for school so seeing the story in 3D is imperative. It also may act as a little bit of a Cliffs Note situation for me: I’m having a heck of a time slogging through the text.

The Times-Dispatch had a little bit of a weird placeholder for a review of “First Baptist of Ivy Gap.” I’m not sure if a review actually appeared in the paper – maybe it got lost in the snow?

I made it to the last performance of “Song of Mulan,” where there was an absolute crush of humanity at the box office before the show started. Many kudos to the Theatre IV box office staff for handling the mess of reschedulings and changes and various special circumstances, all while their credit card system seemed to have crashed. Much patience and professionalism was demonstrated.

I’ll have some thoughts on “Mulan” and “Grapes” in the days ahead. In the meantime, I’ve also added a few more “Otherwise Occupied” links. Feel free to send me more if you like. I can’t promise an overwhelming response but every little bit helps, right?

1 comment:

Susie said...

The "First Baptist" review did run--not sure what's up on the website.