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Jun. 6th, 2004

Pirates!

Jun. 6th, 2004 07:30 am
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Saw the Pirates of Penzance yesterday at the Guthrie. My folks have season tickets but simply couldn't make any performance, so I went with a friend. Very funny. They'd made some additions to the script, poking fun at various local things (like the Cherry and Spoon). The costumes and sets were... very bright. For instance, one dress was neon pink and neon yellow. Ack, my eyes!

Other, truly odd thing. One of the bit part (Guthrie usually has roles that are part background, part stagehand) was a guy I went to high school with. Very strange to recognize someone like that. He was a jerk in high school, but I know he loved theater so it is kinda nice to see someone getting what they want. Lord knows, I'm not going to any time soon.

One annoying thing. This one attracted a LOT more kids than the Guthrie normally does. For those who know zero about the Twin Cities, we take out theater seriously. We have more theater per capita than anywhere else in the US. And the Guthrie is our crown jewel. It's one of the top theaters in the nation. They have a policy. NO kids under 8. It's rarely an issue. Most of the stuff is way over a kid's head. Not this one. My friend, Kirsten, got stuck sitting next to a girl (10ish, maybe?) who kept talking. Her mom would shush her, but it didn't do any good. After we left, I said that it was a good thing I hadn't been sitting next to the brat, because I'm nasty about that sort of thing

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