Last night, West Side Story had some shining lights, six woman I have been in shows with who were excellent in their roles. One of those shows the director and choreographer were in. The directing sucked. It was so bad... and the choreography had its moments, but those were far outweighed by a male cast who couldn't dance but were given complex routines anyway. I was spared the choreographer, he was in another show across the Bay, which is part of the reason the dances were a FAIL. After the show I saw the director as soon as I came out of the building, but luckily he was deep in conversation with a couple of other people, didn't see me, and someone I did know came over to chat with me when I got to the other side of the courtyard.
Today, Utopia, Ltd. was 12 flavors of brilliant, but two flavors of not so much. Normally I would have gone over to M and D for hugs despite their so-so performances. But there was drama:
M was married with 4 kids. His wife and the kids were regulars in the theater. D is a much younger woman who started doing shows in this group about 3 years ago. Last year M dumped his wife & kids to run off with D. I used to like them both, a lot, but just can't face them now. Both have gained about 50 lbs since they got together, which is sad but kind of revenge of sorts.
Again, I saw them as soon as I stepped out of the theater, but managed to maneuver away without them seeing me, and found the other dozen people I wanted to congratulate.
I woke up way late, emailed Janice that I could come over after the show to help fix her PC and TV remote.
Did my morning stuff, grabbed a banana and drove to the parking garage a couple of blocks from the theater. 12:30 pm and it was already 85°! Indian Summer is racist, so how about Native American Summer? First Nations Summer? Indigenous Peoples' Summer?
Ate the banana in the parking garage, walked to the theater but it was too early for the box office so I parked my butt outside and people watched. Lovely day, lots of women in not a lot of clothing.
Utopia, Ltd. is the least-performed Gilbert & Sullivan show, for a number of reasons. One is it requires a large chorus, another is there are no songs which are particularly memorable, and a third is it is a tactless slam at British values of the previous century, which haven't applied for a couple of generations. Lyric Theater's production was superb from all angles, especially the very strong and talented chorus. Very well-directed, excellent casting, a lot of enjoyable choreography, the orchestra was just right, and did a good job with music they had never seen before and was sometimes booby trapped with oddball time signatures and syncopations. No mikes, Montgomery Theater is kind to people who can project, which was all but one speaking part. Costumes for Act I, the tropical utopia, were fantastic, and included a lot of improvisation. Imagine a bra made of bamboo worn as a hat, with a cup on each side of the head. Act II was after Anglicization which made the men's costumes easy but they kind of blew it on most of the women's costumes. They should have gone Victorian, but instead put the females in, well, whatever they could come up with.
Long story short, they nailed it, and I was happy to have seen it.
Home for a snack, then to Janice's, where it took half an hour to ride her PC of the nasty RegCleaner Pro pop-up which never dies. And then got her remote back in sync with her TV and cable box. We had tried to do that over the phone last night but whatever idiot man friend was over kept giving wrong answers. No, the red/black/gold connectors do not go to the cable box. Yes, there IS an HDMI cable connected to the slot marked "HDMI" and it goes to the blu-ray player, not the cable box. All that needed to be done was to manually put the TV input on TV (aka cable) and then turn the TV off. From then on the remote worked fine.
Home, beef pot pie for dinner, with Domino on the arm of the recliner trying to put her nose inside it, but when I offered her the bowl to lick she wanted none of it.
Watched South Park and Shark Tank on Tivo. Tivo missed recording the Seahawks game, but they lost so that's okay. All my teams lost. SF Giants, Raiders, Orioles. But the NY Jets also lost, so that counts for something. I have a new logo for them:
Plans for tomorrow:
Work (team meeting at 10)
MNF (Hooters is still a possibility, but after halftime)