Back From The Theater
Just in from catching a showing of Zanna Don’t, a “musical fairy tale” that opened Friday in San Diego. Great cast, several of whom I’ve seen in other local productions, and a fun story that had us laughing most of the evening. Can’t argue with second row seats either, even if it was second out of four.
Big Night Out At La Reve
Spinner and I spent last night in the VIP seats at La Reve at the Wynn here in Vegas. It was over the top when Katherine showed us to out seats and served us our chocolate-dipped strawberries. It was overrer the top when she kept topping off our flutes of Perrier Jouet as we watched the cast prepping back stage on our monitor.
Then we just abandoned the top for an hour and twenty minutes of sensory overstimulation. Like a Cirque de Soleil production, this is theater in the round. There was dancing and diving; acrobatics in the air on the ground and in the water. Four incredible Cupids bringing in the comic relief and the emergency first aid for a stricken show dove. Amazing eroticism, homo and otherwise (it is the story of a romance between a man and a woman). Timing and engineering feats that had divers leaving stage areas then immediately diving back into the pools that replaced them and dance platforms rising and sinking in the pool as needed.
And the performers? OMG the abs, they went forever. Impossibly fit bodies as far as the eye could see and costuming that made certain you knew just how hard those bodies were working while still helping to tell the story.
Two parts of the show in particular did it for me. There was an early scene with divers, some synchronized and some solo, performed beautiful and fun dives off an ever rising series of platforms, with the final dive coming from the rafters at least 20 yards above the pool that had been a stage moments before. Later was an amazing scene with two men performing a modern dance/gymnastics routine that ended with one man balancing the other on his back, neck to neck vertically, before diving into the pool. Not sure words can ever do that one justice.
Church On Sunday, Kinda Sorta
Interesting experience catching a matinee of Altar Boyz playing up at the Lawrence Welk Theatre this afternoon. The audience was definitely of two minds: the people there for Altar Boyz and the people there because it was at the Lawrence Welk. The group I went with loved the show, despite some of the blue hairs actually interrupting the show to yell that it was too loud. Even walking out they couldn’t show enough respect to the rest of the audience to do so quietly. It was a great show, and most of the audience definitely seemed to appreciate the humor of the show and the amazing performances of the cast.
Outside after the show, Erik McEwen, the very cool actor who plays the token jew in the Catholic boy band was talking to some of the appreciative audience members, and when asked commented on how shocked the cast was at the outburst from the audience. The show’s been running since July and this was the first time they’d seen this type of reaction.
I’d write more about the show, but I think the North County Times’ review nailed it, so go read Frankie Moran. Spinner’s exhausted, and I think I should be too.
Sitting Around Being Mindlessly Entertained
New, to me at least, Doctor Who on SciFi. I know this was the Christmas special in the UK a few months back (over the holidays, duh) but I didn’t catch it until last night. Wasn’t that impressed after all the hype of the Doctor’s holiday specials over the years, but I did like the bit with the Queen and her puppies evacuating London.
New Battlestar (awesome episode) on Friday. Loved the airlock scene.
Caught Forgetting Sarah Marshall at a matinee Saturday. Great movie. Loved that they didn’t try and rehabilitate the Kristen Bell characater and instead just kept bringing out more and more reasons to detest her, and really loved the puppets. I’m not sure I would have appreciated that part as much if I hadn’t seen Avenue Q last summer, but it worked for me yesterday and that’s what counts.
Season finale of Torchwood last night. This season kind of meandered a bit, and without spoiling things too much, the ending will hopefully lead to an opportunity to get it back on track. Also, JACK’S EVIL BROTHER!! I think that’s all I’ll say about him here.