Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Week in Entertainment

Live: The Merry Widow at the Met, in a slightly prosaic English translation, but with wonderful sets and the glorious voices of Renee Fleming and Kelli O'Hara, and Nathan Gunn and Thomas Allen and especially Carson Elrod were funny. The fan and pavilion scene made sense - hilarious sense - and Chez Maxim was great.

Film: Birdman, which was not at all what I had expected from the little I had heard but which I thought was marvelous. Keaton was brilliant.

TV: The Middle, mildly amusing, and Modern Family, very funny in the Fizzbo/Lizzbo plot. Agent Carter stays excellent. Galavant is extremely uneven. Grimm was very good but again, omg what a way to end it. Man.

Read: Redemption in Indigo, which was a very good, deceptively spare story that lured me into reading another by the same author; that one, Meeks, was downright peculiar. The Westminster Mystery, another 1930s story which at least acknowledges that the detectives' actions might be on the outside of legal, though justifying them because they catch the murderer.


At 12:46 PM, January 19, 2015 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Can't recall, did you see the Met's new production of "Marriage of Figaro" this fall? We watched it this past PBS Friday night and thought the singing and acting were superb, although other than the costumes/makeup/hair and scenery there was little to suggest it was taking place in the 1930s rather than the 1780s.

At 1:27 PM, January 19, 2015 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

I did, and I agree. The set was spectacular in person, too. Except for the flashbulb on the camera, there was no sense of the time period, which was good.


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