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Preview of the show! (Heed the language warnings, parents…)
30 Day Opera Challenge: Day 1 →
Your favorite opera composer. Verdi. Here’s Renee singing “Sempre Libera” at the end of Act I of Traviata.
Just for fun…I am going to list all the docs I currently have. Dr. K: transplant pulmonology Dr. R: cardiology Dr. B: dermatology Dr. H: plastic surgery (for removing Overachieving Freckles found by Dr. B) Dr. S: OB/GYN Dr. O: PCP (because I have to have one. I only see him like once a year….poor guy to have to deal with all the paper that gets sent to him for my file) Dr. T:...
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The Simple Woman's Daybook--June 27, 2011
Outside my window…it is breezy, sunny and warm. Swimming may be in my future tonight. I am thinking…that I am glad I have tonight off for rehearsal, because it’s full steam ahead tomorrow until show opens (we do get the Fourth off, however). This is the fun part—but also the sleep-deprived part. :) I am thankful for…my parents. From the kitchen…stirfry later...
Weekend Rewind XII
Friday: Dinner w/ the parental units. Re-read The English Patient, watched a bit of Inception (before the Blu-Ray player started being silly and I took that as a cue to go to bed.)Also! Went to look at townhouses and found one I like, so that’s a plus. Saturday: Rehearsal—costume notes, running some music, running blocking for “Til We Reach That Day” and the Opening...
Rules for Actors
I’m not satisfied with just linking (below). I’m gonna give you the whole thing. Avec comments. :) Foreword to the Code “A part of the great tradition of the theatre is the code of ethics which belong to every worker in the theatre. This code is not a superstition, nor a dogma, nor a ritual which is enforced by tribunals; it is an attitude toward your vocation, your fellow...
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Read and love theater peeps!!!!
Every so often...
The body feels the urge to rebel. Not massive rebellion, but marginally moderate rebellion. Scar tissue will act up, incisions will be sore, sitting upright will not be a favored position. So when that happens, I usually give the body One Day to get Its Act Together. This is that day. Most of the time, with a day off, it gets happier and we return to regularly scheduled programming. Hoping...
It's her birthday. :) →
Ode to Mom. :)
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My vacay blog!
What Your Favorite Summer Picture So Far? This is mine. My cousin, Justin—perhaps there is a math degree in his future?
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A brief rant
People: When leaving reviews on travel sites, do not list things as “dislikes” or “cons” that are part and parcel of the experience. As in: * New York Hotel rooms are SMALL. This is not the hotel’s fault. *The buffet was “boring.” After looking at said buffet menu, it can easily be determined that YOU are boring for ordering the same thing all the...
The Simple Woman's Daybook--June 20, 2011
Outside my window…a bit cool (73 degrees), cloudy, sprinkling. I think more rain is on the way. I am thinking…trying to motivate myself for the rehearsal schedule this week. It’s hard to leave the apartment when it’s raining. :-P I am thankful for…friends and family. And my Nook. :-D From the kitchen…tonight, the lovely Nigella salmon I’ve raved about...
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This is old, but it’s still good. :)
Emily Cooks: Tzatziki
This is a fantastic summer dip/salad/topping for meat. I love it! From The Olive and the Caper INGREDIENTS: * coarse salt *2-4 cloves garlic *1 1/2 c. Greek Yogurt * 1 sm. cucumber * chopped dill and/or mint (about 1 tbsp, but your call) *freshly ground black pepper, to taste *1 tbsp. red wine vinegar Place the salt on a cutting board. Peel the garlic and chop OVER the salt. (Trust...
Going to the ballpark...
So last Sunday, I got to do something new and fun. Behold, PNC park! I hadn’t been to a Pirates game since they were in Three Rivers. So a long time ago. (That’s my dad’s head in the foreground.) I was very excited to see the new park. You get to it either by boat… This is how my Aunt Patty and her family came. Or by walking across the Clemente Bridge, which is...
Time, that is. Wow this week got away from me. But I promise—stuff coming later today. Post-nap.
Academy Builds Surprise Into Best Picture Rules →
Hmmm. This could have potential. Will have to ponder.
Weekend Rewind XI Part I
Friday/Saturday Friday: Packed for the Pittsburgh weekend trip, watched Eugene Onegin, and basically relaxed after a long week. So an uneventful Friday. Saturday A graduation party! For this guy…I remember his baptism…and now he’s a high school grad. (Tear.) After rehearsal on Saturday morning (chorus work), I went to my parents and we drove to Pittsburgh for my...
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Another Fail for ND…
The Simple Woman's Daybook--June 14, 2011
Outside my window… A beautiful blue sky, sunny day. :) I am thinking…that Mondays should always be weekend days, because then productivity skyrockets on Tuesdays. I am thankful for…a great weekend with my family; lovely weather! From the kitchen…quesadillas, salmon fillet tomorrow. I am wearing…a purple/black/silver batik print dress from Macy’s; a black cardigan from JCP; silver flats;...
Weekend Rewind XI Preview!
To entice you to read tomorrow…some weekend photo teasers…
The theater is the only institution in the world which has been dying for four...– John Steinbeck, Once There Was A War
Seven Quick Takes Friday--Vol. IX
I am REALLY excited for this weekend! First, I am taking Monday off. That alone excites me! Why am I taking it off? My parents and I are going to Pittsburgh for my cousin Matt’s graduation party. I can’t believe he’s a high school graduate! Sigh. I am getting old. So that’s tomorrow, after Ragtime rehearsal. This will be fun, because 1) my Aunt Patty (matt’s mom)...
It’s a bright summer Friday. I should be thinking about happy things, but I’m thinking… What is the most melancholy song in musical theater? (Don’t ask me why I’m asking…who knows how my brain works) There’s a lot of ways to determine this. For my purposes, I’m going with songs of lost love/love denied/love suppressed. Here’s my top...
Adventures in Driving (Part II)
We last saw our heroine anxiously awaiting a AAA truck on the side of 70E bound, hoping her car did not get hit, smashed, or any strangers appear to proposition her…and behold, there was a flashing of light… S o the AAA guy arrives, and he says, “I thought you had an Accord.” (Dad must have gotten our cars mixed up. Ooops. We have two Accords, two Civics, and 1...
Adventures in Driving (Part I)
So tonight I was in Hilliard for Ragtime rehearsal. We worked on the Act II opener and some of “Atlantic City”, then the women were dismissed to head to the after-rehearsal get together at a local watering hole, while the men rehearsed “What A Game!” (AKA The Baseball Number). Good food, good times at the watering hole. Around 10:10, a few of us leave to go home. I am...
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The Simple Woman's Daybook--June 6, 2011
Outside my window…another warm one, but it’s good for the farmers—they can get their crops in the ground! I am thinking…about rehearsal tonight, about groceries to buy I am thankful for…the opportunity to perform with talented people. My job. From the kitchen…tonight it’s, um, Mac and Cheese. But it’s organic mac and cheese! I am wearing…a...
48 hour read: Update 7 --Last one
So, my 48 BR ended at 4:50 this afternoon. Here’s the final entry: Henry VIII: 15 more minutes. Strangers and Sojourners: The first of Michael D. O’Brien’s Children of the Last Days trilogy. Like all his books, it’s a big fat novel, full of intriguing characters and various writing styles—letters, journal entries, and then straight “novel” writing....
Emily Cooks: My first frittata!
YUM! This meal had a rather interesting birth. I found the recipe in Gwyneth Paltrow’s My Father’s Daughter, and thought, hey, I can handle this frittata thing! So I went and bought the (few) ingredients I needed and was all set to make it this weekend. Except…I used all my parm (which was called for in this recipe) for her Pasta Limone and Parmiggiano. Whoops. So I had no...
48 hour read: Update 6
The Tale of Genji: Been reading the (sadly) abridged version of this (I say sadly, because I ordered it from an independent bookstore and didn’t know this is what they had! But that’s OK, because the bookstore is my favorite in the WORLD!). Anyway, I read a few more chapters last night. 30 minutes. Henry VIII: I am also dipping in and out of this. Alison Weir does a tremendous job not...
48 Hour Read: Update #5
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: just finished (again). Am trying to resist starting it over! :) 65 minutes…. Total time: 6h, 50 minutes.
48 hour read: Update #4
Anthony and Cleopatra: Shakespeare’s adaptation of one of the original tragic love stories. This play of his is often overlooked, given that it was published during the creative burst of Othello, Lear and Macbeth. But it has some powerful characters and evocative scenes.50 minutes. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: On of my favorite books, especially during the spring/summer/fall when I can get...
48 Hour Read: Update #3!
Beloved: Read last night. Wow. NOT a book I would recommend reading right before bed! Shivers! Some of the prose was gorgeous. I was swept away by the characters and some of the paragraphs. Parts were, yes, a bit creepy, especially towards the end, as Beloved takes over the house and the family, but overall I found it well-written and definitely engrossing. The sense of place is perfect, as is the...
48 Hour Read: Update #2!
Short one—got to read 10 minutes of Pride and Prejudice before rehearsal today…more reading this afternoon! TOTAL: 2h, 50m
48 Hour Read: Update #1!
OK , so I read Beloved for a bit…but then switched to finishing Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress and reading City of Thieves. Balzac: Wrote more about it on GoodReads…but to summarize, a fantastic book. The ending left my jaw on the floor. Couldn’t believe it had ended that way, but I suppose that’s the only way it could have gone. Upon reflection I’m OK with...
The Great 48 Hour BOOK READ!!!
This was made for me. And I am GO! Starting today, at 4:50 PM and going until Sunday at 4:50 PM. That’s right. 48 hours to spend as MUCH TIME READING as POSSIBLE!!!! And my A/C’s fixed! So I can do this in comfort!!! So, we have begun! First book up: Beloved, by Toni Morrison.
Father built a house at the crest of the Broadview Avenue hill, in New Rochelle, New York. And it seemed, for some years thereafter, that all the family’s days would be warm and fair. Tonight was the first official Ragtime rehearsal, with 99% of the cast (our Younger Brother was absent, but his wife was there—she’s playing Evelyn). I have to say this is going to be a fantastic...
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Love at the Met. :)