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Bit and Piece - Qualified Perceptions
Bit and Piece
The upstairs was officially finished in time for the housewarming. Yay!

The house (now officially christened La Mancha) demonstrated admirably that it can hold a large number of people, though it isn't so good at letting a large number of people walk from room to room all at once (especially when there are four small children chasing each other in circles through all the doorways). For ideal socializing, the third floor and the first floor would be next to each other, and not separated by the small spaces of the second floor. (But if the second floor was on the third floor, the bedrooms would be cold...) The two large spaces work well to put people in. There was about the right quantity of too much food (though I nearly forgot about the hot snacky things), and lots of Bonus Treats that other people brought - if I were to describe something as a chocolate shoggoth or sea slug, it would only be as a great compliment to its exotic nature. And then chenoameg put all the leftovers away while I washed dishes, so everything was tidy again by about midnight! Whee!

Last night, the ART called to ask how we had liked the play we saw there (The Provok'd Wife). Unfortunately, harrock was pretty Dayquilled up, and thus not their ideal respondent. (I think he must have sounded like someone whose wife dragged him to the play while he slept through it...). Anyway, I'm now inspired to talk about it.
  • I've liked the ART more as last season went by and this season started. I'm not sure whether it's because I'm getting more used to them, or they're doing things I like better.
  • The streak of lying on the floor is still unbroken.
  • The Virginia accents were interesting. The women seemed a little more Southern-Belle, and Constant was off and on, but Heartfree and Sir John were very good.
  • I really liked the prologue and epilogue, which were clearly written for this production, but in part in the verse style of the play and in part in modern English. Several Shakespeare plays I've seen have epilogues, in theory addressed to the audience, but I've never really thought of them that way. "If we shadows have offended, think on this and all is mended" - that's just how the end of the play goes. This was an epilogue to the audience and that somehow really worked for me.
  • The set was (as always, for the ART) novel and fun to look at. The rolling boxes were great.
  • The plot was amusing, though the final twist was a bit abrupt. If you're going to have a sudden surprising influx of thwarting devices, there should be a longer pause before the person who caused them repents and takes it all back. As it was, there was only about a minute's span of thwartage.

Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: Firehouse Five (Dixieland)

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maputi_pirate From: maputi_pirate Date: December 14th, 2004 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
The set was so cool!
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