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11 June 2012 @ 09:12 pm
I was lucky enough to get to see the play Frankenstein again last week, as well as meet the lovely badapplebettie.  I was hoping to get a brief write-up done but work scheduling and the cold from hell told me no.  So here we go.

Last time around, it was a 4 hour drive to get to the only theater in the general area to show Frankenstein.  Fortunately, this time around two theaters in Raleigh (a slightly less than 2 hour drive) were doing it.  I got tickets to see the first showing and made plans to meet up with badapplebettie pre-show, to make up for the fact that we missed each other at the showing last year.  I had wanted to see the version with Benedict as Victor, since I'd seen him as the Creature last time, but after emailing the theater chain, I was given the wrong dates.  A week after I got the tickets they alerted me to their mistake, but rather than deal with returns (and due to time issues), I decided to go ahead and go to the Original casting version.  It's not like it would be a hardship or anything, right?  It's Ben acting his cute (and unfortunately for me, slightly clad) tushie off and earning every bit of that Olivier.

So the whole thing ended up being great.  We had a small snafu when we briefly got lost on the way (I'm from a small town and driving through Raleigh can be a nightmare) but got there in time to do some window shopping before meeting badapplebettie.  She ended up being as great in person as online, and we had a nice little convo about Ben, the fandom and crazy neighbors before we had to go to the show.

As for the show itself, it was as amazing as I'd remembered, even upon a second viewing.  I had been afraid that knowing what was coming would spoil the emotion of it, but it really didn't.  There were a few moments where I was aware of what would be next, but it's easy to get swept up in it and forget the rest.  It's such a moving piece, you'd have to be stone hearted to not leave without a tear in the eye.

I also had been curious as to how full it would be and was really pleased to see the stadium seating around three-quarters full.  I wish I had the balls to stand up and ask how many people had seen the show last year, versus those who only recently joined the fandom or couldn't attend last year's showings due to travel constraints.  I did get a chance to speak to a few people who had seen it and agreed that it lost nothing in a second viewing.  There was also a good mix of ages.  I admit I like seeing how spread out the fandom is.  I sat behind a row of teenagers, one of whom, upon seeing a close up behind the scenes pic of Benedict, just sighed and said "That face is just unfair."  After the show, in the bathroom, a woman around my age shared my regret that they had to put that 'diaper' on him for the birthing scene.  

The one not so good thing that stood out was something that badapplebettie had mentioned, which was some of the performances by the supporting cast.  The bit parts, like Elizabeth's maid and the guys on the Scottish island where Victor goes to to work on the Creature's bride, come off as very.. well, not amateurish, but very ham-handed.  Like parodies, I guess.  I know they're supposed to offer some comic relief, but in the midst of all that drama, it sometimes comes off odd.  Also, neither of us could figure out why such a fine actor as George Harris delivers such a flat performance.  Sometimes it seems like he's just reciting the lines, and it's an unfortunate draw from the drama.  I think seeing it a second time only cemented that belief.

So, all in all, a good day, and it was totally worth the drama it took to get there.  I hope even half of this makes sense, as I'm half asleep.
Current Mood: sicksick
10 March 2012 @ 09:52 pm
Originally posted by xanthe at The War Against Women Is Never Over
Originally posted by morgandawn at The War Against Women Is Never Over
When they marched for the women's right to vote 100 years ago, they were imprisoned, put into strait-jackets and force fed until they vomited blood. They fought for your right to own property, to have access to birth control and your right to an education. This video is fun and clever and hits on some hard truths. And it makes you ask yourself...what I am willing to do today to fight back and protect our rights as women and citizens?  

Edited by me to add that I literally cried watching this.  There are so many things we take for granted as women these days.  I think we've forgotten that generations ago, women suffered and bled to make sure that we, their descendants, had the same rights as men.  This is especially poignant now, when we face more choices being made for us, without our input, in a so-called bid for "morality".  That same argument was used to keep us out of the polls.  Will we continue their fight?

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
01 February 2012 @ 12:32 am
I haven't posted in a dog's age, and maybe someday soon I'll pop by and tell you about all the drama that's been going on for me these last few months.

Cause, drama?  Baby I gots it in spades.

Meantime, I'll tell you that I had a dream about Benedict Cumberbatch that made me very, very happy.  It wasn't dirty or sexual, it was just us on a date, a nice quiet date where we walked and talked and kissed and held hands and was so remarkably simple that I woke up with a smile on my face.  My recipe?  Benedict's Jaguar voiceovers.  All of them.  I'm a bit surprised that after all that talk of speed, strength, torque and rigidity that I didn't have a full out 'let's sweat the sheets up baby' kind of dream, though.  Ahem...

And to finish, here.  Have a coctail!

Apparently it's called an Alien Brain Hemmorhage and I really, really want to try it.  Possibly out of morbid curiousity.

Find it at http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/alien-brain-hemorrhage-cocktail .

Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
13 October 2011 @ 12:37 am
It's officially not my dad's birthday.

It's the third one I've half not-celebrated since he died.  The third year we trooped in the rain across the red clay and weedy grass of the military cemetery to leave behind sunflowers and mums and a little American flag.  The third year I haven't made a pineapple cake.

I only ever made that cake on his birthday.  I made one every year since I learned how to bake.  A little over 30 years of the smell of vanilla cake rising in the oven, of sneaking bits of crushed pineapple and transforming the drizzling of pineapple juice into a fine art.  I swear I was gonna make one this year.  Until I realized there was no one to eat it.  We'd each get a slice, my mom and my niece, maybe my sister and her family when they come by.  But there would be so much of it left, and I'd look at the lopsided yellow mass of it, the smell of pineapple thick in the air, and feel the absence of my father in a way I don't often feel.

It's in the leftovers, those extra things, that it seems worse.

That extra bit of meatloaf in the pan.  The way the orange juice lasts longer.  That one fuzzy red blanket that goes unused.

Tomato season is nigh unbearable.  How to go from setting out a plate of peeled, sliced tomatoes at every single meal, to seeing a bucket of round, red fruit slowly gathering flies cause we couldn't possibly eat them all at once.

Maybe next year.. maybe then I can make that cake.  I finally made a batch of potato salad, right?  I can eat barbequed chicken without tears.  It's just a cake, after all.


Current Mood: sadsad
27 August 2010 @ 03:24 am

I'm feeling a bit obsessed and brokish at the moment.

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Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: Love Unleashed by Tokio Hotel
11 July 2010 @ 01:09 am
 I see so many people using so many userpics and icons, matching them to mood, theme, and community.  I'd like to, only...  I think I created a monster.

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Current Mood: lazylazy
Current Music: Bleach in the background?
01 July 2010 @ 04:01 am
Oh Life, how you have betrayed me...

Sorry, just had to get that out.   That phrase has been stuck in my bloomin 'ead all day.  Know what else has?

"Rain", by Jon Heintz.

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Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Rain, by Jon Heintz
30 April 2010 @ 07:17 am
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KiloKilo ~.^

Gakked from Two cats journal and justjeanette's.
01 April 2010 @ 10:04 pm
Found this randomly: What Tarot Card are you? It's actually kind of spot on...

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Current Mood: gratefulgrateful
21 September 2009 @ 01:27 am
I'm tired of being alone.
I'm tired of being used.
I'm tired of being ignored.
I'm tired of having no one to listen.
I'm tired of so-called friends.
I'm tired of people being selfish.
I'm tired of being taken being taken advantage of.
I'm tired of nothing working out EVER.

I'm tired of life.

I'm tired of pain, and worry, and fear.
I'm tired.
So tired.
Somebody help me.
But no one's there to listen.