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    Theatre Talk: In Our Own Little Corner

    In investigating those operas, I stumbled across an album on Spotify where Kiri Te Kanawa and other opera singers sing selections from Broadway musicals. Here's the video version but I recommend listening to the album so the sound isn't just in one ear. Glorious either way. Sorry, Eliza is just not a role where I want anything other than vocal perfection.
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    Theatre Talk: In Our Own Little Corner

    My beautiful new Met Opera subscription brochure for the 2019-2020 season came in the mail... They're doing Porgy and Bess. I'm indifferent to the casting but I missed Norm and Audra and this feels like a good chance to see it. Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades sounds interesting. I don't know anyone in the cast but I like Tchaikovsky and this seems like a big, traditional production. Handel's Agrippina sounds interesting. Joyce DiDonato and Kate Lindsey. They've switched the setting but I think I can hold my nose and make it through it for the casting and the material. I looked at some video promo clips from the English National Opera and LA Opera productions of Phillip Glass' Akhnaten. It feels very over the top and different in a way that could be compelling like Julie Taymor's The Magic Flute or a boring hot mess. I tried listening to some of the music. The repetition made me a little crazy. But it's still on the table as an option because it might be fun to see something this different and unpredictable (but not as ugly or minimalistic as I find a lot of the more modern productions). They're doing Massenet's Werther (which I was late to when I saw it) with Joyce DiDonato and Piotr Beczala. Might be worth a return visit. I haven't thought of Janacek since Jenufa (which I surprisingly loved). Susanna Phillips is starring in Kata Kabanova. Sounds like something to check out. Netrebko is doing Tosca. I might see if they're going to record this one. I'm inclined to see it but I don't need to. Maybe I'll spring for the New Year's Gala where she's doing selections from La Boheme, Tosca, and Turandot. They'll be fully costumed. I'm sure the cost of tickets will be insane. Diana Damrau is doing Maria Stuarda. I don't love bel canto but I do love her and I'm sure I'll enjoy the Tudor trappings. I need to look up Simon Boccanegra. I know nothing about it but the brochure is really selling it. And I did like Ailyn Perez in La Boheme. I'm intrigued by Orfeo ed Euridice. The original myth is compelling source material. They've cast a South Korean Euridice and I usually find South Korean opera singers to have strong voices. But Isaac Mizrahi is doing the costumes and with Mark Morris it seems like a dance-heavy piece. Also, I usually don't enjoy trouser roles. This feels like a skip but I'm debating it. How is the music? I mean, this is gorgeous. I might just look for a recording. I don't really need to see Le Nozze di Figaro again. There are alternate casts with the possibility of seeing Susanna Phillips as the Countess, Mariusz Kwiecien as the Count, and Luca Pisaroni as Figaro but I don't know if I need to see it again. I enjoyed it the first time. But the casting has to be on fire for me to find a return visit compelling. What the heck is Alban Berg's Wozzeck? This production looks like something I'd despise but I remember liking Elza van den Heever in something. Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo (there's also alternate casting) are doing Verdi's Macbeth. I generally like Verdi but I don't like modern-looking productions and I know they're going to charge more for the tickets given the casting. So this one feels like a skip to me unless makes an argument for the music. They're keeping the 2018-19 La Traviata with new casting. I haven't seen this one yet but I don't feel like I need the return visit just to see Vittorio Grigolo. They're doing Turandot and Madama Butterfly. But I've seen Turandot Live in HD and it's still whitewashed. And I'e already see Hui He do an excellent job in Butterfly (recommend if you haven't seen her) and I don't think Paulo Szot or Placido as Sharpless are enough to get me to go back. Der Rosenkavalier is back and The Magic Flute as always. Elina Garanca was so good in Rosenvkavalier I don't really need to see anyone else. Ying Fang is Pamina but that's not enough to make me sit through it again. Speaking of Garanca, she's in a production of Berlioz' La Damnation de Faust but I don't think I can sit through what looks like another modern production for her. For one thing, they're usually so dark that I won't be able to see her acting from where I'm sitting anyway. tl;dr I'm feeling the most positive about Porgy and Bess and Agrippina. I'm okay adding those without further investigation. I want to investigate Kata Kabanova, The Queen of Spades, Maria Stuarda, Orfeo ed Euridice, Simon Boccanegro, and Akhnaten some more. Werther and Le Nozze di Figaro are options if I need to fill out my subscription. Any suggestions?
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    Online Dating: The good, the bad and the ugly

    So the intense amount of swiping has resulted in a few matches. I haven't been able to psych myself up to write to any of them yet. For the guys who initiated the conversation, I had 10 or fewer interactions. They mostly died. One guy wanted my number/to get me off the app immediately so I stopped responding. Not sure what I'm going to do there. Another guy wants to set up a date next week and I should do it but I'm hesitating. I texted Mr. Slow and Easy finally (I didn't contact him immediately when I got back from my trip because I worried he would want to go out and I was not in the right mental health space trying to manage work commitments) and he replied once. But he hasn't replied since. So I don't know if that's dead or not. To be fair, it has been months since we've gone out.
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    So What Are You Listening To?

    I think it's happening. I tried to get tickets for her show. It was after the pre-sale but I was on the website at the exact time the tickets went on sale to the general public. Sold out instantly. Of course I'm in NY...
  5. RE: Velvet Buzzsaw Love the camp. Hate the horror. I probably won't be able to sit through this. RE: Slut in a Good Way This looks really fun. I wish it was in color. RE: Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Sorry, I'm not here for a quirky, modern Nancy Drew who looks like an older version of Little Orphan Annie. I only made it a minute in. RE: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Meh. It feels like the kind of Oscar bait that doesn't get any nominations. RE: Yesterday At the beginning I was resistant but by the end I thought "yeah, I'd watch that." I hope they have something planned for the concept beyond just that dude's boring life and some celebrity cameos. RE: Tolkien Some lovely period-piece-y moments. And some very dark moments. I mean in terms of lighting. I can't tell if that's a bad stylistic choice or if the movie is a bit cheap. RE: MA Mostly my reaction to that set up is... what? Why? But I do like the twist on the friendly, even "maternal" black woman magically entering these kids lives... and then turning on them. If we're to believe the trailer it seems like she was the high school outcast or something like that. I don't watch horror but I hope they find a way to justify all the craziness so it's more like Carrie and less like this psychotic woman is just doing a lot of random things because it's a horror movie and everyone must die. I think this one hinges on the backstory. RE: Long Shot I don't need this movie. But it looks kind of cute. I feel like Charlize can make anything work. RE: The Dirt At first I was like, cool, generic fake 80's glam metal band. And then it turned out to be Motley Crue and I was a lot less interested. Douglas Booth is pretty attractive. Idk, we'll see how bored I get. It is on Netflix.
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    Frozen 2 (2019)

    I'm torn because even though Disney has bought so many properties (Marvel, Star Wars, etc.) I still feel like they want that male demographic. They WANT it. There were "action" setpieces in Moana but to me, this feels more like the video game aesthetic that I first picked up on in Tangled. I resent the idea that a movie can't be too feminine or "princessy" without risking turning off male audience members. I'm also incredibly concerned about how they're going to tie up everything that was a little messy about the original movie. No doubt there will be some people who are disappointed regardless of what the movie is like because you can't be all things to all people. But I hope they spent a TON of time on the script for this one. The one thing I really liked about this trailer is I think this is one of the few times we've seen a non-evil magical character in a Disney movie have fun with it. Like, if you're going to introduce a magical character, don't hold back. Have her use that magic. Even the evil characters don't get to have that much fun. Ursula was a pretty low-stakes magic user until the end (it was largely disguises/transformations) and so was the Evil Queen in Snow White. Maleficent might be the only one who really does some magic. Maybe also Cinderella's fairygodmother and Lady Tremaine if you count Cinderella III, speaking of straight to DVD sequels.
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    Online Dating: The good, the bad and the ugly

    Not doing anything yet but I recently updated my okc photos and I started swiping. I think their algorithm is broken. How can I have a high match percentage with a guy who thinks affirmative action is racist and has a blog telling Chinese people why they need to vote Republican and another guy who won't shut up about guns on his profile and is anti-abortion and pro-creationism? I thought answering all those questions was supposed to make it easier to filter those people out. But yeah, I'll probably jump back in soon. I'm just trying to get to a place where I can enthusiastically respond to "Hi, you're beautiful." It's dire out there.
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    Theatre Talk: In Our Own Little Corner

    There's going to be a Sondheim/Company themed episode of Documentary Now. I can't wait.
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    Theatre Talk: In Our Own Little Corner

    Ooh, baby. They've opened up My Fair Lady to Linctix again. With Laura's July extension, I'm totally seeing it now. When I'm not so busy I'll go through and pick a date. I know she's got some scheduled absences so I need to be careful.
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    S04.E13: I Have to Get Out

    Not the child actor's fault but every time cough boy came back I found him more annoying. It felt like weird, random comedy. Like something out of Family Guy. There was no resolution where he was either shamed or at least they got him under control. For all we know, he's still running around coughing at anyone who goes into that waiting room. And yes, it did not make sense that the only thing people needed to protect themselves from a "highly contagious" squirrel flu was a thin surgical mask (receptionist, Madison, April).
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    S04.E12: I Need a Break

    I was similarly confused. It didn't sound like Lily Allen or Cher Lloyd or anyone I would immediately recognize. I assumed it was grime or trap or one of those other UK hip hop/rap genres I don't listen to.
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    S04.E13: I Have to Get Out

    This felt like they had to tie up a lot of loose ends. Get Paula back on track. Finally get Rebecca to pursue a dream. Break up Greg and Rebecca. It felt a little sloppy how they forced things to get where they needed to be. I did like having more songs this week. The best part of the episode was the awkward fight and the song.
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    S04.E12: I Need a Break

    I liked New Greg's Bruce Springsteen number. Though it really brought it home that he's not very physically impressive. It's not that he's unattractive... I think I've just gotten used to how tall Nathaniel is and how muscular Josh is (though it's hard to get totally used to his body in season 4. He's getting into bodybuilder territory with those veins popping, almost like he's dehydrated. Santino isn't the tallest but his version of Greg had a presence. Watching this song I kept being reminded of Darren Criss in Glee. Blaine was not an imposing character. Drunk Rebecca was great. I didn't love the song but her styling and overall look were fierce. And her acting was really fantastic when she went to Nathaniel's apartment. I totally bought that scene and I remember how much I liked manipulative Rebecca. I don't think it's just that I enjoyed the character behaving badly but I think Rachel is particularly good at acting the manipulative part of Rebecca's disorder and the genuine emotional stuff is more hit or miss. I did not love the darkness song. It was a decent enough song but it just a little too far out of Rachel's comfortable range. I would have preferred if they lowered it or if they'd given a song in that key to an actor who could sing it properly. The last scene with Dr. Shin was so perfect. They've been sleeping on that actor. His line readings and reactions were perfect. I wish we'd gotten more of him. Season 4 should have had more Dr. Shin, Dr. Akopian, and Father Brah. Maybe some White Josh too. Just all the voices of reason helping the characters through their struggles. I feel like they're giving us crumbs of progress instead of digging in and showing Rebecca (and some of the other characters) doing the hard work to fix their lives.
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    S04.E11: I'm Almost Over You

    I wasn't sure where that was coming from. To me, the lighting and some of the choreography said High School Musical. But that feels like a weird choice given the demo. Another sing along scene is in 27 Dresses but it has nothing to do with that moment in this episode. Personally, one of my favorite scenes of the leads singing in a non-musical is in Music and Lyrics but that absolutely holds up and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. Also, that's not a karaoke scene. The only bad singing I remember from the DVDs on Nathaniel's bed is this scene. There's singing in 10 Things I Hate About You, but it's Heath Ledger and it's adorable.
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    S04.E11: I'm Almost Over You

    Honestly, this one bothered me. At first I was just a little disappointed that we were getting another filler episode. Nathaniel being dropped into this weird fantasy (that happens to mimic the commercials I keep seeing for the new movie Isn't It Romantic) just so the writers could make references and the snarky comments they think are super clever did not feel like a good use of an episode this close to the end. I spent the whole time not feeling invested in Nathaniel and Maya because it made no sense. Not only was it as poorly laid out as the laziest rom-coms (I'm talking Hallmark channel dreck) but since they spent the whole episode lampooning the tropes, the potential relationship held no weight. I hated the twist where it turned out he was talking to Rebecca. Not only did it not make sense (what are the in-universe rules for this episode. What has been going on this whole time in the real world?) but it didn't even make sense to mirror those characters. Yes, Rebecca and Nathaniel's relationship has been full of that kind of rom-com troping. But the writers also built that relationship over time, unlike what was happening with Maya and Nathaniel. It wasn't completely empty and it does a disservice to their work and the time I've invested as an audience member to just hand-wave away that character development because it's become inconvenient for the Rebecca/New Greg relationship. There were some fun moments like how well they executed the Miranda Priestly vibe with Bert coming out of the elevator. And Tim just jumping in randomly to drop exposition. But even during the episode I was annoyed at the fact that none of the movies on the bed related to the scenario Nathaniel found himself in at first and then there were only a handful of references to those movies later on. I think, if anything, Nathaniel should have realized on his own (without fantasy Maya/Rebecca) that he wasn't in love with Rebecca as much as he was in love with someone who showed him genuine caring and affection. That fits with what we know about the character and what they've been building up in the last few episodes. Instead of experiencing his own character growth, he's still entirely tired to Rebecca. He learned to let Rebecca go. He didn't learn anything about himself. I don't know. I got barely anything out of this episode. I liked the makeover montage song better than the karaoke duet.
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