Saturday, December 20, 2008

I saw the Met Opera simulcast of Massenet's Thais December 20. This was the first of the simulcasts I've made it to, and I hope it won't be the last. It was delightful to get to see the performers close up, and I was impressed with the sound. I have mixed feelings about the back stage set changing and interviewing and commentary. Part of me wants to focus just on the performance, though other parts of me are curious about how the performers and designers think about their work. And the juvenile in me enjoys hearing stage hands mutter expletives as they struggle to make the set changes or run behind interviewees to be seen.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

I saw The Little Prince at UNC Playmakers Rep December 14. What a lovely production and really beautifully performed. I was quite moved for days afterward, and now want to read the book. (I've only read an excerpt in French in high school before, from conversations with the Fox, which seem much more poignant now as a grown-up.)

Monday, December 08, 2008

Saw Chicago at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium December 7 with mom and D&R. I was impressed with the excellent singing and dancing, and liked the production design. And the sound was excellent, which surprised me in that space.