October 7th, 2010

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Poem for Thursday, Macbeth, Renfaire

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Wednesday ran away from me and I don't know where it went -- the weather was gorgeous, I took a long walk in the woods, and I got some chores done and had interesting conversations with Daniel and Adam when they got home from school about various issues in the news from gay teen suicides to the upcoming election. Paul made lentils with chick peas and couscous for dinner, which was awesome with raisins and canned peaches, then we all watched Undercovers, which remains pretty fluffy but entirely enjoyable -- I love that all the men on the show say things like, "I was the star quarterback. I used to sleep with all the cheerleaders and the occasional mascot."

Then those of us who did not have homework watched the Patrick Stewart Macbeth on PBS. It was extraordinary -- I often think that plays filmed for TV lose something in the translation, but this is perhaps the most gripping production of the play I've seen, and I've seen it at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the American Shakespeare Center, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and a touring production by the RSC as well as various film productions. Collapse ) Great use of music and sound, great lighting...great show.


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