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Daily Threads / 4 June 2023 rainy Sunday
Last post by KathyB - Jun 04, 2023, 09:17 AM
I love rain. The dog doesn't, though. We had a very wet walk this morning, and a wet drive to Costco to get gas.

But what I really came here to say is:

Musicals / Re: R.I.P. Phantom (Broadway) ...
Last post by scenicdesign71 - Jun 03, 2023, 12:32 AM
Skillfully walking a razor's edge between tribute and apologia, Zachary Stewart condenses the conventional wisdom on ALW's 43-year Broadway run with a precision and diplomacy that made me alternately gasp and chuckle:

Theatermania: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Reign as King of Broadway Comes to an End

Presumably there will be other think-pieces by the time Bad Cinderella ends its 15-week run on Sunday (notably from the NYT, which hasn't published anything thus far).  Or maybe not; perhaps the out-with-a-whimper anticlimax of BC's closing will rate only a few tactful squibs, after all the valedictory "end of an era" coverage of PotO's closing in April.  (Phantom's own run filled 35 of those 43 years, making up over 80% of the composer's unbroken B'way streak, even while other ALW shows opened and closed alongside it throughout the 90s, aughts and teens).

Given that this thread is already longer than many of those devoted to SJS's works (and that, in revisiting it, I keep perpetuating my own depressing recent-ish trend -- unintentional, but still disconcerting -- of threads beginning with "R.I.P."), I'm going to give this one a rest for the foreseeable future.

Daily Threads / Re: 30 May 2023 (Human) Dentis...
Last post by KathyB - Jun 01, 2023, 11:40 AM
I scheduled the canine dental procedure. It will be three weeks from today at VERY EARLY o'clock. The good news is that the vet is five minutes from my house, so I can most likely get there even if I oversleep, and I can go right back to bed afterwards.
Daily Threads / Re: 30 May 2023 (Human) Dentis...
Last post by DiveMilw - May 31, 2023, 08:22 PM
I hope the day got better, Kathy.

The only reason I am online is that I happened to see the date when looking at my phone.  (how weird that statement would be 25 years ago.)  May has flown by and I thought I still had a few days before I needed to pay rent.  Good thing the date caught my eye.  I have pay rent and avoided late fees!!  (although today is actually the 31st and not the 30th....see the days are going by so fast I can't keep track)
Musicals / R.I.P. Robin Wagner 1933 – 192...
Last post by scenicdesign71 - May 31, 2023, 07:01 AM

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Quote from: Ben Brantley, via Twitter ( )Hair, A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, Angels in America, The Producers -- all milestone productions, each with its own startling and original visual vocabulary, summoned into existence by one profoundly inventive set designer. Farewell to Robin Wagner, who has died at 89.

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Daily Threads / 30 May 2023 (Human) Dentist da...
Last post by KathyB - May 30, 2023, 12:55 PM
I went to my dentist (not Bernadette's) today and none of the suction was working. They took x-rays and scraped my teeth but didn't clean them with the rotary thing. It came to $340 (yikes) so I decided to get the $396 plan that pays for two dental visits (cleaning, exam, x-rays) and gives me 50% off any fluoride treatments (that will be next visit) and 15% off any additional dental work, such as additional cleanings, cavities or crowns. I figured that was the better way to go, especially because it's now been recommended that I come in three times a year rather than two. The additional visit will be about $140 minus 15%.

I still have to schedule the canine dental procedure.

The dentist was running behind, so I was late to pick up my sandwich order at Snarf's. They had made it at 11:22 for my scheduled 11:45 pickup, but I didn't get there until 11:59, and then I had to wait in the back of a long line. By the time I got home with it, the sandwich had lost any trace of warmth it may have had. :( It was still pretty delicious, but next time, I will schedule pickup for at least 15 minutes after the time that I would ordinarily pick it up.

This day has been crummy so far. :(
Daily Threads / Re: 2 May 2023 Tony nomination...
Last post by scenicdesign71 - May 30, 2023, 12:13 AM
I'm slowly becoming just a hair less-behind in seeing the nominated shows, although, as in most previous years -- even on the off-chance that I make it to any more by June 11 (or after, for that matter) -- I won't have caught all or even most of them.

So far, I've seen:

  • Kimberly Akimbo (Off-Broadway only, though I certainly wouldn't mind seeing it again uptown)
  • Some Like It Hot (twice, both times at the invitation of friends who had extra tickets)
  • Between Riverside and Crazy (livestreamed from the Helen Hayes in its final weeks there)
  • Sweeney Todd (twice, though in retrospect I wish I'd spent that money to see Parade instead)
  • Camelot (this past weekend, with yet another friend who had a spare ticket)

(I also saw A Strange Loop last December -- but, in Tony terms, that was catch-up from the 2021-22 season).

At some point, if I can scrape together the funds, I'd still like to see:

  • Parade (definitely top of the list, musical-wise)
  • Leopoldstadt (ditto, play-wise)
  • A Doll's House, though it's unlikely, being a hot (and pricey) ticket, and ending its strictly-limited run soon.
  • The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window

And I really regret not having seen, before they closed:

  • The Piano Lesson
  • Death of a Salesman
  • Topdog/Underdog
  • Ohio State Murders

There's a modest smattering of others (Fat Ham; New York, New York; perhaps & Juliet; maybe one or two more I'm forgetting) that I'd be happy enough to see if a ticket dropped into my lap, but am unlikely to otherwise.  Some Like It Hot and Camelot were both on that list until those tickets did drop into my lap, so never say never.  And while, in those two cases, my relative indifference about seeing them was ultimately borne out by the shows themselves -- smoothly professional, earnestly well-intended, painless but bland rethinks of their respective sources -- they still left me grateful for the chance to see theatre (and discuss it over dinner afterward) with friends.

Daily Threads / 29-MAY-23 I Am A (Apple) Geniu...
Last post by DiveMilw - May 29, 2023, 06:56 PM
I fixed the rotation issue on my iPad.  Somehow I had set the screen lock to "on" so it wouldn't rotate.  Google helped me solve the mystery.  I shall add this to my resume when I apply for a job with the Apple Genius Bar.   ;D
Daily Threads / Re: 28-MAY-23 Dumpling Sunday
Last post by DiveMilw - May 28, 2023, 07:35 PM
Super Pig Update:  Someone bought it.  There are no immediate plans to create another.  They have to get the correct size tank in order to make another one.  :'( :'(
Silver Creek Pottery and Forge
Look them up on FaceBook to see what they made this year.  I love their stuff.  This is the soap dish and holder I bought for my bathroom when I was there last weekend.  I wish you could see more of the blue coloring.  The picture you can see in the mirror is from Signature's "Sunday in the Park with George". 
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Dinner Update:  Everything I got is delicious!  I have more than enough for lunch and possibly dinner tomorrow.
Shanghai Noodle w/Pork
Pan Fried Pork Buns w/Sesame Crusted Bottoms
Chili Wontons (not spicy at all despite the name)
Crab Rangoon
Crispy Cucumber Salad  (basically cucumbers, garlic, and a little bit of vinegar and maybe some sesame oil)
Fortune House Chinese Cuisine

iPad Update: 
I got it about 2 years ago.  Maybe it is 3 years old by now.  I think I bought AppleCare so I will have to look up the details.
Daily Threads / Re: 28-MAY-23 Dumpling Sunday
Last post by KathyB - May 28, 2023, 01:21 PM
I love the sculpture.

How old is the iPad? Is it under AppleCare? If so, you can call Apple, and some very helpful person will assist you. If not, then you probably do need to go to the Apple Store, which is full of expensive temptations.  :) But you'll still get a helpful person.