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#91
TV / Re: The Bear
Last post by scenicdesign71 - Nov 06, 2023, 03:32 PM

Renewed for a third season.

Not unexpected, but exciting nonetheless!   :)


#92
The Work / Re: HERE WE ARE
Last post by scenicdesign71 - Nov 06, 2023, 06:05 AM
Quote from: DiveMilw on Nov 05, 2023, 06:46 PMDavid, now that you've seen it, what do you think about the water feature in the show/path on the poster theory?  My take is that someone was really stretching and thinking far too much about the show.  But I've been in a little bit of a sarcastic mood this weekend so that could just be me.   ;)

Stretching and thinking too much about a show — who would ever do that??   :o

Yeah, no, the water/path connection, at least as far as the water in the show is concerned, doesn't add up -- as, the more I overthought it in advance, the more I pretty much suspected it wouldn't.  That was indeed a stretch on my part.

But I do remember seeing the poster art for the first time a couple months ago, and thinking -- well before hearing anything about a water feature in the show -- that cyan was an ambiguous color for the path.  Surreal, even:  if we assume it's a solid path, the color is conspicuously bizarre; but if we interpret it as a stream of water, it's behaving in conspicuously bizarre ways (it's walkable-upon, and it ends sharply at a drop-off over which not a drop spills).

But no, none of that bears any likely relation to the "waterworks" moment onstage (which is borrowed directly from The Exterminating Angel, released two years before Anyone Can Whistle).  In both the Buñuel and Sondheim/Ives scenarios, the water effect is neither (fake-)magical, like ACW's Miracle Rock, nor even particularly surreal, at least by the standards of this story's deliberately opaque narrative logic -- indeed, it's the almost grittily-naturalistic result of our desperately dehydrated captives busting into a wall to access a water pipe, which gushes forth to general (somewhat feral) jubilation.


#93
Daily Threads / Re: 05-NOV-23 One Year More!
Last post by scenicdesign71 - Nov 06, 2023, 05:46 AM
That sounds like a fantastic birthday (birthmonth? birth-adjacent?) celebration!

Many (belated) happy returns, Tom.


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#94
Daily Threads / 05-NOV-23 One Year More!
Last post by DiveMilw - Nov 05, 2023, 06:49 PM
OK, my birthday was actually on Friday but this is close enough.  
I really just wanted to get a daily started before I head to bed.
I did nearly nothing to celebrate my birthday.  My trip to NYC a few weeks ago, the trip to Milwaukee to see The 1975, and an upcoming visit to Scottsdale, AZ for the Hidden in the Hills artist studio tour threaten to break my bank account.  Those are birthday celebration enough.  
#95
The Work / Re: HERE WE ARE
Last post by DiveMilw - Nov 05, 2023, 06:46 PM
David, now that you've seen it, what do you think about the water feature in the show/path on the poster theory?  My take is that someone was really stretching and thinking far too much about the show.  But I've been in a little bit of a sarcastic mood this weekend so that could just be me.   ;)

Sorry to hear about the moving woes.  Packing and unpacking (la la la) is not as fun as one might wish it to be.  Not to mention the stress of finding a suitable place to live on a deadline.  
#96
The Work / Re: HERE WE ARE
Last post by scenicdesign71 - Nov 05, 2023, 06:44 AM
I saw the show Wednesday: a bright spot in a truly surreal week.  It was fantastic, hard to describe, and I very much want to see it again at least once.  The likelihood of that happening will depend both on the overall work situation (if any) and on how an unexpected move (I need to find a new apartment) shakes out.

I will say that Here We Are and Parade have been -- in ways too different from each other to compare, but by a wide margin relative to everything else -- the twin high points of my otherwise relatively sparse and uninspiring theatergoing year.

#97
Musicals / Titanic
Last post by scenicdesign71 - Nov 02, 2023, 10:01 PM
Ten years on, Southwark Playhouse's 2013 UK production of Titanic is getting the Fathom Events treatment, with "a live stage capture ... to be screened at more than 700 movie theaters nationwide on November 4 and 8."  I'm assuming it was recorded sometime this year during the production's 10th-anniversary UK tour.



Broadway revivals have been rumored for at least a decade now, from the smaller "chamber ensemble" version developed by OBC member Don Stephenson at the Hangar Theatre in 2012 to the Signature Theatre's 2016 environmental staging; indeed, the Southwark production itself was at one point planned to come here.

In 2014, Manhattan Concert Productions reunited most of the original Broadway cast, under Stephenson's direction, for a one-night-only concert staging at Lincoln Center, but, with its full cast, 200-strong chorus and 120-piece orchestra, it was obviously never going to be more than a one-off event.  And so far as I'm aware, no serious thought was ever given to moving the infamous Serenbe Playhouse's 2018 environmental outdoor production -- though it's intriguing to imagine what a similar, site-specific staging might look like at the real-life RMS Titanic's intended destination, Pier 59 in Chelsea; or perhaps at the actual arrival point to which RMS Carpathia brought the survivors, Pier 54 in Greenwich Village.

Next June, Encores! will conclude its 30th season with a concert staging featuring Bonnie Milligan as Alice Beane, the role created in 1997 by her Kimberly Akimbo castmate (and fellow 2023 Tony-winner) Victoria Clark.


Last year Theatermania ran this 25th-anniversary feature, with Yeston and Clark sharing memories of the original production:
https://www.theatermania.com/broadway/news/titanic-twenty-fifth-anniversary-retrospective-broadway_93627.html/




#98
Daily Threads / 31 October 2023 Happy Hallowee...
Last post by KathyB - Oct 31, 2023, 11:30 AM
I just had an arborist come look at my tree, and the good news is that it's a mountain ash, not an ASH-ash, so it doesn't get emerald ash borer. The mountain ash is a completely different genus. He also said it seems to be doing pretty well for its age and the fact that it's growing up against a fence. So I'm happy about that. He is going to put together some numbers for pruning the tree, as I can't reach the dead wood. That should keep the HOA off my back for a while. :)

In other news, I plan to turn off my porchlight and watch the World Series tonight. Bernadette is going to be barking at the window at everyone passing by.
#100
The Work / Re: Jonathan Tunick
Last post by scenicdesign71 - Oct 28, 2023, 07:05 AM