Jun. 4th, 2007

Red Vines

Jun. 4th, 2007 10:42 am
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So, for no good reason, Bed Bath and Beyond had Red Vines, the candy, for sale. So, as I've never had them before, I bought some.

They taste nasty and are only barely edible. However, they do make good straws for soda, which is, I gather, what you're supposed to do with them.
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The Actors' Shakespeare Project is finishing off their third season with
an extra, bonus play, a six-person Love's Labour's Lost, a
light, fluffy, and funny play to balance out a season which would
otherwise be entirely about psychotic princes killing their families.

If you include the 2000 Kenneth Branagh movie version, Lis and I have now
seen LLL four times. In those four times, we've seen it done
more-or-less straight once.

This wasn't that time.

(For the record, it was the 2006 Huntington Theater production, reviewed
by Lis
and by me. The
other one was the 2005 ART student-troupe production, which I also reviewed.)

As pure entertainment, it works very well. If you want to laugh and enjoy
yourself for two and a half hours, this is an extremely good way to go
about it. The belly-laughs started within thirty seconds of the actors'
first appearance on the stage. They use physical comedy, including
slapstick, and very clearly let you know what you're in for -- and they
deliver handsomely on that promise of entertainment and humor.

So it works as entertainment. Which makes it worth watching. But how
does it work as a production of Love's Labour's Lost?
More discussion within -- spoilers will abound; if you're planning on seeing it, you may want to wait to read this until after you do. )

About the venue: [livejournal.com profile] imaginary_love_ mentioned that she
had problems with the venue as it was set for Titus.
I'd
like to reassure her that the venue is entirely re-arranged for this
performance, and that I don't think she'd have the same obstructed-view
problems that she had then. The production has very simple set dressing,
and the stage is placed against a wall. While, for Titus,
they used the support pillars of the building as part of the stage (or, at
least, that's how I recall it), in this case, those pillars are simply
things that the risers for seating are built around. Titus
used a very creative and evocative set-dressing, but, as [livejournal.com profile] imaginary_love_ discovered, no matter how good that is, it rarely
comes without some sort of cost; this is much less experimental, a much
more typical setup, with seating on three sides of the stage. It's one of
the ways to set up a room that I consider typical, and consider a
generally solid choice for performing Shakespeare.

We didn't notice any of the problems with heat that she'd had, but, then,
this WAS an evening performance on a pretty nice night.

So, to summarize: first, it's a heck of a lot of fun. Second, doing it
with a six-person cast is not simply a gimmick, but it strengthens the
play by allowing everybody to concentrate on one or two of the stronger
roles in the play, while de-emphasizing the weaker ones. Third, after a
season of murder, psychosis, paranoia, and treachery, the ASP really
deserves to get to do a fun, light play. And finally, you
deserve to see it.

Prices and schedule are available at http://actorsshakespeareproject.org/
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Two word review: "Don't bother."

A longer review, with which I fully agree, is here.

This is not the worst movie ever made, not by a long shot. There are LOTS of movies worse than this one. See, in order to be really bad, you have to be trying to do something, and either succeed, but it's a really bad thing to try to do, or fail amazingly utterly. This movie isn't trying to do anything. At all.

So, it's really not anything other than pointless and boring.

It's like . . . you know how martial arts films have plots which are just kind of vague excuses to string together fight scenes?

Imagine that someone made a martial arts film, but totally forgot to put in any martial arts. And then, when they realized that, #1, they had no martial arts, and, #2, their movie was twenty minutes long, put in, oh, 140 minutes of CGI ships, and the occasional town, blowing up, for no particular reason, and CERTAINLY no reason that you care about. Lots of people die, I guess -- "hey! That monkey just shot a missile into a bunch of soldiers!" but you don't care about any of them, either positively or negatively.

Except. . .

Okay, fine, I'll put in a "spoiler" cut, even though, if you've not seen it, you should just not bother, and if you have seen it, you know you shouldn't have bothered.
Read more... )

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