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Busy Weekend - Qualified Perceptions
Busy Weekend
Friday was Camelot, at the North Shore Music Theater except that it wasn't, it was at the Shubert downtown due to the NSMT's fire. First and foremost, the Shubert balcony seats are the most uncomfortable seating I have ever been in in my life. There was about six inches between the front of the fold-down seat and the back of the seat in front. My legs are long enough that I was physically unable to put my feet flat on the floor due to my shins not being able to pass through the seat backs. Pretty much all of us sat with our legs over the seat backs in front of us - not "up", just sitting normally with our knees bent. Happily, it wasn't at all crowded so there was nobody sitting in front of us.

"But what did you think of the play, Mrs. Lincoln?" It totally looked like a NSMT production, between the large round central area and the silk and flags and things. I like much of the music. I like the Arthurian legend. I liked the set (though I thought they were going to kill themelves on the early snow). I would like to have liked the show more. Some was the directorial choices (the meta-character in the baseball hat was jarring; playing Merlin something like Rafiki from the Lion King was odd, but the inclusion of ten seconds of traditional Merlin-in-beard was utterly baffling to me; giant puppet Morgan Le Fey was silly), but also, I don't find the Lancelot/Guinevere dynamic convincing. Part of it is that the story has to be compressed to fit in a musical, but I think the intro to Arthur/Guinevere convincingly gets them from people who don't want to get married to people who do. Lancelot and Guinevere teleport straight from "he irritates her" to "thunderbolt of love" without enough development in between for me. (Trivia point: Robert Goulet, who we saw in La Cage Aux Folles, played Lancelot on Broadway in 1960.)

Saturday was Oath, which had an interesting contrast in telepathy between mjperson and myself ("the device says "muah hah hah, it's kinda crazy..." "Yeah, I got that from Laura already") and complete anti-telepathy ("Who's the assassin?" "She is!" "Oh, I thought she was the love plot...") And, we got Mirris for dinner before she vanishes to Cleveland for a month.

Mad cooking plan for my birthday. Whee! Due having planned the menu somewhat early in the rsvp cycle, I didn't feed everyone as well as I would have liked. Neil Gaiman's web log (I think it was) comments that in a perfect world, a seller at a con goes home with one of everything - that means you didn't lug too much back and forth, but also means nobody got turned away because you were out. The ideal amount of food for a party is, thus, enough that about one serving of everything is left over. There was, instead, one serving of squid left over, but nobody ended up starving, so it wasn't badly awry. readsalot asked for popovers, and those were my favorite thing to learn - surprisingly easy and yet impressive. No, there's no baking soda. Or yeast. Or anything, really - they just puff up due to the POWER OF MY MIND! Er, or maybe it's the water to water vapor transition expansion. Chocolate truffles were tasty, though sadly malformed - perhaps they weren't cold enough when I tried to shape them. I'll have to consider whether it's worth trying again to improve the aesthetics. And gnocchi was an exercise in getting flour all over the kitchen. Good thing it doesn't kill quillion at range. I took shameless advantage of harrock in making him wash dishes as I was fussing in the kitchen, for which he gets lots of husband points. Anyway, it was a nice hectic social party, so I'm happy.

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chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: September 26th, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would like the squid and popover recipes, please.
From: desireearmfeldt Date: September 26th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Lancelot and Gueneviere

Yeah, it also doesn't help that Arthur is portrayed as likable, while Lancelot is mostly insufferable and Gueneviere is largely ditzy. (Script's fault, not the performence's.)
merastra From: merastra Date: September 27th, 2005 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)
The ideal amount of food for a party is, thus, enough that about one serving of everything is left over.

Yeah. I like that metric. I don't like not having enough food at a party (well ok, ever) but I've been err'ing on the side of having 2x as much as is needed. Hm. Bears some planning...
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firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: September 27th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
And I learned how to pronounced "crudites" which isn't crew-dytes at all!
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: September 27th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Damn, I meant to eat those gnocchi.

Watermelon in ceviche was awesome.
From: readsalot Date: September 27th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, the Shubert is terrible--I remember having to use the exact same trick with putting my legs over the seat in front of me many years ago.

The way that the device was differently mad between you and mjperson was kind of fun.

I'd like the popover and shepherd's pie recipes, please.
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