Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Weeks in Entertainment

So much for remembering this! I'll try harder...

Live:  Quite a few things. At the Met, a harrowingly brilliant Elektra, with Nina Stemme in the title role, and The Abduction from the Seraglio, a very funny and well-sung production. On Broadway, Tuck Everlasting, which I thought was very good (see below). At the Hippodrome, Cabaret, in the Roundabout Theater's production that I saw last year with Alan Cummings; it was very good.

Film: Captain America: Civil War which I've been eagerly awaiting, and it did not disappoint. It was terrifically good, in fact.

DVD: Brokenwood's second season, better than the first. Granctchester, a rather interesting period detective piece (1953). We're supposed to like the cop, but his unthinking homophobia and willingness to destroy the lives of otherwise law-abiding people pisses me off, period authentic though it may be. It doesn't come up often, though.

Read: The first (so far) Posie Parker myteries, which as slight but enjoyable despite some unaccountable lapses by the author. Finished The Witch Who Came In From The Cold, and loved it. Dusk and Shiver, three short stories by Annie Bellet, very entertaining. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, which was a fascinating story though much less focused on their rescue of their manuscripts than on their acquisition and the rise of the jihadist threat to them. Still, recommended.


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