Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical

Midsummer last night, and random blog stuff

I spent nigh on 20 USD (£9.50) for the cheapest seats (which mean i didn't hear all the lines) at an open-air production of Midsummer. The theatre in Regent's Park is not as easy to find as i would have expected, but i managed to get there on time and, even with it being dark, only get lost a little bit coming back. I may actually be developing a sense of direction. A lot of the dialogue sounded really flat to me, like they were too focused on being loud enough to really get emotion into what they were saying. The hysterical Pyramus&Thisbe at the end almost made the ticket price worth it. I realized watching it that the fairy story (Titania/Bottom) was the only part of Midsummer i knew going in. Oderon reminded me of David Bowie's character in Labyrinth, only darker. I wonder if that was just the costume; one of these days i really must rewatch that movie. Robert Sean Leonard in Dead Poets Society will always be how i picture Puck. (And watching the play end last night i realized that Puck's ending speech -- which is the biggest part of Midsummer we see in the movie -- makes an interesting epilogue to Dead Poets Society.)
If we shadows have offended,
Think but this,--and all is mended,--
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend;
If you pardon, we will mend.
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call:
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.

My dad sent me this link, but i got distracted by this embedded link (and follow-up posts and links). Rating the dateability of superheroes (and, in linked posts, heroines). Go now. The Batman one made me snicker. [I went through sharpest_rose's LJ starting at the time i got LJ, looking for that Batman/Robin comic because i didn't think to bookmark it, and i couldn't find it. This is wrongness.] I've always loved Professor X, so bah on her, but props for Beast, whom i also loved (cartoon X-Men when i was a kid -- my only X-Men exposure before the recent movies). And yes, Cyclops is so boring. Iceman... stuff like this has ruined me (and Dolly mentioned "bring me a cold drink" at the end... what do you want from me?). [edit: Batgirl, yo.]

Yo, when did InstaPundit start having a comments feature? (Took him long enough, though given the tremendous amounts of traffic he gets, i wasn't surprised he didn't have one.)

Also, this just in, directory of left-leaning blogs. All the ones i read lean right (though looking at the list, i have spent some time at a few of them) so i'm definitely gonna go through the list here, because it would really be only fair for me to read liberal-leaning stuff that doesn't drive me up a wall.
Tags: oxford summer seminar 2003, plays: attended, plays: shakespeare, shakespeare: a midsummer night's dream

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