Category Theatre

Weekend in the Northeast: Newcastle, Durham, Hadrian’s Wall

On Friday night I took a train from London to Newcastle, checked into a grand-but-faded Victorian hotel next to the train station, and after a few hours’ sleep, woke up to a rather damp weather forecast: Not to be daunted by a little rain, I pulled on my long underwear and all my sweaters and […]

Dramatic reading…

Note to my teenage self circa 1996 when I was on the competitive poetry- and prose-reading circuit for high schoolers in rural Oregon: Have all the fun you want doing this because, yes, it turns out this is a life skill you will use in your job as a lawyer in the European offices of […]

Two weekends, two plays

Last night I saw Joe Hill-Gibbons’ production of The Tragedy of King Richard II at the Almeida Theatre up the road. It’s one more play toward my goal of seeing all of Shakespeare’s plays before I’m forty. Though this highly pared-down production (less than 2 hours!) may have veered more toward an abridgment than a full production… The play is […]

Birthday weekend

I’m not normally a big birthday celebrator, but it just so happened that some of the things I really wanted to do were best done this weekend — so I made a birthday treat of it. First thing was to get up early and open a little wrapped package that had been hiding in my […]

I saw Sandi Toksvig! And also a play.

A year ago a new production of Sondheim’s musical Company was announced, with Patti LuPone as one of the stars.  I bought a ticket.  Fortunately I also wrote it in my calendar because otherwise I would have completely forgotten that it was tonight. The production was very good, and I liked it much more than when […]

Finally!

Hamilton. Tonight. At the Victoria Palace Theatre. It lived up to the astronomically high expectations, and the vibrancy of live performance made some of the melodies that I found rather boringly repetitive in the cast recording blend into the greater whole. And I unabashedly loved seeing a story about America’s founding fathers, told in modern […]

Around the city walls

York is encircled by the most complete set of medieval city walls in England. It’s about three miles around and the guidebooks say it should take about two hours to finish. I took all day. I hadn’t really intended to. I set out around 9:30 after a quick breakfast and intended to finish the tour […]