Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I am at home now watching the Miss Universe contest. I love to watch beauty pageants. I can't help it......it must be genetic.
My long time friend, fellow Lamplighter, and fellow Michigan Transplantee, is Dan Yelen pictured here at the Yerba Buena Theater Marquee of My Fair Lady.
It was the 3rd time I saw this production and was by far their best! It really peaked on Saturday night. Gone were the technical problems from the 8/15 matinee. What I saw on Saturday night was a strong, fluid, first rate staging of a classic musical. Kudos to the whole company!
Seeing so many fellow Lamplighter friends also attending was an unexpected treat. Many of us had been in the 1992 production of MFL and we had a great time reminiscing.
Upon arriving home, I had another glass of that delightful 1995 Langtry Meritage I had opened the night before. It was about 12:30AM when I drifted off to sleep, "while visions of MFL danced in my head."
Friday, August 21, 2009
It has the Tarantino Signature stamped all over it; dark humor, violence (but done in good taste), subtle wit/humor, plot twists, great acting, editing and directing!!!!! Enough of babble; go and see for yourselves....that means you, Jerry and Denise of Page, AZ.
Ah, the nose on the Meritage is delightful. A sip brings a hint of spice, black cherry, a light tannin, and an aftertaste of oak.
The picture above is of the ceiling and chandelier at the Castro Theatre.
The 3:30PM showing at the Castro Theatre was filled with Tarantino philes and believe me, they were not disappointed with his latest masterpiece, including yours truly.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Just as the sun was setting, I ran to the roof in time to capture it's passing. The end to another perfect weekend.
On Saturday 8/15, I went with friends John Z and Patricia E to the matinee of My Fair Lady at the Yerba Buena Theater in downtown San Francisco. As I mentioned in last week's blog, this was the flow blown production I wanted to see (with sets and full staging).
It was clear that this baby would not peak until next week..probably the Saturday night performance (8/22). That is a problem that plagues huge shows like this when it is presented it 3 different venues over a short period. By the time you adjust to the peculiarities and confines of one space, you have to pack up and move to the next. And that's what happened with the matinee we saw; there were doors that didn't open, which is always frustrating to the actor who suddenly has to be creative while remaining in character; backdrops were catching on the scenery; proscenium valances would suddenly unfurl in a flurry of dust...most distracting. But those glicheses are delt with and usually corrected in time for the next show. But just when you start to get comfortable with your surroundings, the show closes. I am reminded how blessed we (Lamplighters) have been in the past when we were performing in our own theater. The peaking curve was much shorter back then and when it happened, that was when you started to have fun with the show. It was at that time when friendships were solidified, and bonding was forever.
I had great fun watching my friend Jim Campbell, the show's Production Manager, who was sitting in the balcony. He reacted to each of the technical mishaps by smacking his forhead, sinking into his chair, and hiding his head in his hands. His performance should have been captured on film and worthy of an award.
But it was still a glorious show filled with enduring music, wonderful singing, wonderful talented actors, and creative staging by Barbara Herioux. I really enjoyed myself despite the technical stuff. Besides, it was John's birthday and after the show we gathered at our friend Blazen's home for a lovely dinner, stimulating conversation, and great wine. A loving way to end the evening.
On Sunday evening we all gathered at my place to watch True Blood, the HBO series that has reached cult status. Now that's entertainment!!! Sorry, Jerry and Denise, it is just simply the greatest!
To bed, to bed; perchance to dream.
Roger signing off.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
The orchestra is completely out of view in the pit. There is not a bad seat in the house.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Before I left San Francisco, I paid a visit to my dear friend Ellen Smith who is convelesing at the Lawton Rehab. Center. We spent a quality hour together, with 20 minutes of that in the sun (out on the patio), and the rest of the time was taken up with lunch and some good laughs.
I got on the road at 1:30PM and arrived here at the hotel at 2:45PM.