Well, I've just got back from the theatre ("Arsenic and Old Lace"),… - John C. Kirk
Feb. 24th, 2003
Well, I've just got back from the theatre ("Arsenic and Old Lace"), and it was a fun evening. I saw this play when I was at school, but I'd basically forgotten it all (beyond the basic premise), so I was able to enjoy it afresh. There were certainly bits that made me laugh out loud, which is basically my litmus test for good comedy :) Unfortunately, there were a few people in the audience who hadn't learnt good theatre etiquette (don't talk, turn off your mobile phone, don't take flash photos), but they didn't disturb things too much. I don't want to say too much about the play itself (to avoid spoilers), but it did strike me that you'd never see something like that in the cinema nowadays - only one set, and a relatively elderly cast. Interestingly, IMDB says that it was made into a film in 1944 (starring Cary Grant), so I guess that's a sign of changing times.
More generally, it's been too long since I last went to the theatre. There's an atmosphere that you don't get at the cinema, with the feedback loop between the audience and the cast. (That's something I noticed when I used to act at school too - it's quite a weird feeling to have a room full of 200 people focussing their entire attention on what you say, if only for a few seconds.) At first I was quite aware of distractions from the audience (people shuffling in their seats, and coughing), but either everyone else settled down or I just tuned them out. One curious thing was that a couple of people sitting next to me didn't return to their seats after the first interval (there were three acts). I don't know if they just got bored of the play, or if they thought it was the end.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to my next theatre trip (next Thursday), and I'll have to arrange some more after that.
Incidentally, thinking of Bob's syndication (see last entry), it inspired me to compose a tongue-twister. So, in the spirit of "See Spot run", we have: "See Bob. See Bob blog. Blog, Bob, blog!" Try saying that 10 times quickly :)
By the way, question for any "Black & White" players. If, hypothetically, someone accidentally dropped the first gatestone in the sea, is there any easy way to fish it out? Of course, you would have to be a complete doofus to actually do something like that...