Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Weeks in Entertainment

I don't know why I keep forgetting these... this one's an entire month, almost! Partly it was the vacation, I guess... Anyway:

Live:West Side Story at the Hippodrome - a high-energy production that was terrific to watch. I'd never seen it on stage before, and it's fabulous. The dancers really get a workout. The cast was good - Tony was particularly engaging, but they were all fine.Arabella at the Met - such an enjoyable show. Ghost, also at the Hippodrome. The show is okay; the staging (particularly the scene in the subway car) was very well done, but the songs are eminently forgettable and without Whoopie Goldberg, Oda Mae is a caricature not a character.

DVD: Les Petits Meurthres d'Agatha Christie, entertaining French adaptations of Christie novels. The sleuth (Poirot or whoever) is replaced by a pair of French cops, and the trappings change, sometimes radically (The Body in the Library takes place in a brothel, for instance), but the plots are actually more faithful than some of the later Suchet Poirots.

TV: Most of the regular stuff - nothing stands out as exceptionally memorable, though, with the notable exception of Grimm, which remains really, really good. Nick's mom drives me crazy, though, so I'm glad she's gone, and I hope Adelind doesn't go after Sean now.

Read:A bunch of Penny Parker books from the 1930s. Destroyer Angel, the latest of Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon books. The Axe Factor, Colin Cotterill's latest Jimm Juree book, which included a major fakeout based on the author (I assume :-) that worked really well. Can't and Won't, Lydia Davis short stories - some very short indeed, and most of them very good. By Its Cover, the latest Commissario Bruno book by Donna Leon, excellent as always. Children of the Revolution, Peter Robinson's latest which sees him getting back on form.

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