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July 24, 2013

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Flannista

The Sassistas! are really looking forward to this get-away -- the only real one we've had this summer (and perhaps the only one). If you recall, I gave up my 20+year-subscription to Arena Stage because of the fallout from the 2008-2009 recession. Since then, we've made a point of taking in plays here and there when we can because we enjoy theater. CATF is the perfect gift for both of us.

Flannista

CATF plays are noted for being edgy, even controversial. Remember this CATF play that we saw last year?:

http://www.sassistas.com/sassistas_our_dish_on_the/2012/07/gidions-knot.html

Flannista

Does anyone else out there like to attend plays as much as the Sassistas!? What's a memorable play/musical that you saw?

treesta

Hi, Flann. I absolutely LOVE going to plays. You & Matiss gifted dcsistah and myself with tickets to a play several years ago. It was Valerie Harper's play about Tallulah Bankhead, "Looped". It played at the Lincoln Theater while Arena Stage was being renovated. The play was based on an actual event, centering 'on a single day when a booze-soaked, pill-ravaged Bankhead stumbled into a recording studio to dub a single line of dialogue into a 1965 film called “Die! Die! My Darling!” The session ran for hours.' Harper gave a riveting performance as the sharp-witted Bankhead in the final years of her career.

Flannista

I had forgotten about that play, treesta. We saw it, too, and it brought back memories of how obsessed I was with the movie, "Die! Die! My Darling!" because Stephanie Powers -- "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E" -- was in it and I was hopelessly in love with her at the time. After we saw the play, I rented, "Die! Die! My Darling!" and it is an appallingly bad movie.

I had also forgotten that Valerie Harper was in "Looped" -- now, too, in what might be the final year of her life.

Flannista

Here's the IMDB link to "Die! Die! My Darling!":

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059106/?ref_=sr_1

Even the title is over the top.

PEACEsista

I love plays, but especially musical theater and dance. I REALLY want to see the acrobatic revival of "Pippin" on Broadway!

This summer in London we attended "Phantom of the Opera" and Les Miserables" -- both fabulous!

Have fun sistas on your get-away weekend!

Flannista

"Les Miserables" is my favorite musical of all time, bar none.

I'd love to see "Book of Morman" which is now playing here at the Kennedy Center but tickets for its three-week run sold out in about two hours.

treesta

PEACE, I saw "Pippin" on Broadway on a high school trip to NYC years ago. And I agree with Flann - "Les Mis" is the best. I've seen it four times and never tire of it.

Today is a great day, by the way. I went to have my driver's license renewed at the DMV. I was in and out in less than 15 minutes. That has to be a record.

Flannista

The Sassistas! are on the road!

treesta

ENJOY!!!!

Westsista

Hey, you guys take care and have a great time! xoxo

Flannista

Well, well, well.

Just came back from "Heartless" and we're still scratching our heads.

WTF?!

A male stranger, a mother, two daughters, a mysterious nurse and a dog barking in the distance. The mother is incapacitated and just so we REALLY get that, she's in a wheelchair. One daughter has an ugly red scar running from her sternum past her belly button (yes, the play opens with full frontal nudity). Duh? Could she be the "heartless" one? Another daughter, dressed like Ruth Buzzi's "old lady" character in "Laugh-In" -- perhaps she's the Old Maid who never got a life of her own?

The theatrical symbols/devices in this play are so obvious and heavy, it's insulting.

I read the New York Times review when this play was off-Broadway last year. Just because Sam Shepherd wrote it doesn't mean it's any good. Good Lord, all that was missing was a piercing scream. Oh wait, that's how the play opened.

Seriously.

Flannista

Lovely dinner with Bnbsista and her spouse. Getting ready for the second play.

By the way, we are having breakfast tomorrow with the director of "Heartless," the play we saw this afternoon. I can't wait to give him my review.

Flannista

I managed to stay awake -- though my head bobbed a bit -- for our second play last evening, "Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah." It is a fictitious meeting between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway in a posh Hollywood hotel where Fitzgerald is working on a movie script to pay for his wife, Zelda's mental illness care. If this play were to be made into a summer movie thriller, it could be called: CLASH OF THE MALE EGOS.

I didn't like it much, but it's probably because I don't particularly like Fitzgerald or Hemingway. At one point, the characters yelled to Dorothy Parker off stage who was apparently boozing it up in the hotel pool. I would have loved to have more of her wit in this play. At dinner, I mistakenly called the play, "Scout and Jem in the Garden of Eden." It got a big laugh. Looking back, that was the most entertaining moment of the night.

Flannista

It was sad to learn during this play that during one year of his writing career, Fitzgerald sold only 42 books and made $13 in royalties.

Flannista

Well, we're feeling completely sheepish.

Just came back from sitting with the CATF director, who also directed Sam Shepherd's, "Heartless," and now we want not only to SEE the play again, but also to READ it. It was a fascinating discussion.

We also got tickets to see an addtional play: "Modern Terrorism" which we will see at 2:30 today; then H2O at 6 pm with Bnbsista and her spouse. A full day.

Justista

Wow, what a great experience talking to the director. Talking to a member of the creative team of a play! I think getting inside the creative process must change the perception of the viewer.

Flannista

It was an amazing experience, Justista. This guy has so much passion for theater, I wish I would bottle it. I asked him toward the end how he dealt with loss and he said, "We go on, don't we? We go on."

treesta

Glad to hear that you are getting into this experience, especially after you were so disappointed with the film festival this year.

Westsista

Interesting about your discussion with the director.

Yes, we go on. Or we don't. Better to go on.

Flannista

OMG.

"Modern Terrorism" and "H2O" back to back.

I'm completely without words.

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