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Old 09-04-2010, 07:05 PM
Location: El Camino Real
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Originally Posted by MadManofBethesda View Post
In re-reading my posts, I can see how I can come across that way. Especially in my response to Buzz about going to London or Paris for the weekend. I was trying to make a point about how easy it was to get to Broadway for a weekend in comparison (since he said getting there was a pain, crowded, no parking, etc.), but it came off as a brag about my other travels. I certainly didn't mean it as such.

However, I'm not going to apologize for thoroughly enjoying my retirement and taking advantage of all that Las Vegas has to offer. But if I'm rubbing people the wrong way when posting about my various excursions around the city, there is certainly no point in relaying those experiences. Consequently, I shall refrain from doing so from now on.
The only response I had to your weekends in Paris or London was "Wow that guy must really tollerate jet lag well."
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Old 09-04-2010, 11:00 PM
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Originally Posted by MadManofBethesda View Post
One thing that I'll miss by not living on the east coast anymore is the ability to take a quick trip to NYC to catch a show or two. A Chorus Line is one of my all-time favorites. I saw the "original" production in the 80s and then the revival just after it opened in October 2006.

But as much as I love A Chorus Line, I have to say that Les Miserables has to be #1 on my list of favorites. It actually opened at the Kennedy Center in Washington before heading to Broadway. I saw it again on Broadway several years later.
I saw Les Mis in Boston in 87 (I think?). My French teacher spun it as a great field trip for her students and we got to go to a matinee. Awesome.
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Old 09-04-2010, 11:05 PM
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Speaking of matinees, when they bring Broadway shows here are matinee showings frequent, occasional, or pretty much nonexistent? Just curious - they tend to be a little cheaper and I actually prefer them. When I checked Jersey Boys it looked like every show time was in the evening.

That Shakespeare Festival is in UT isn't it? I keep hearing commercials for it.

Back to here...

A friend got tix for the Sin City Comedy at PH and said it was really funny.
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Old 09-05-2010, 02:12 AM
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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I've never seen a matinee here. The shows, even the high brow cultural events, are designed to get people in the casino. Some shows are even timed a little shorter than the originals. Doesn't mean the actors are less talented or well known, or that the production suffers. New York and LA may have written the book on stage effects, but Las Vegas took it up several notches and perfected them. Casinos are more willing to spend whatever it takes for the best.

The Utah Shakespearean Festival has been going on for 48 years and it is as professional as it gets. It's not student productions. Personally, except for reading MacBeth in high school when the teacher explained it all to us, and a couple of the easy to follow plays, I hate Shakespeare. So I'm glad that they do other plays besides Shakespeare. This year the XYL wasn't interested in any of them so we didn't go. The summer season is over now, and on Sept. 16th they begin the fall season. It only lasts a month. One of the plays they are doing is Diary of Anne Frank. That will be a real tear jerker I'm sure, but there is a comedy to cheer you up too, and it looks like an adventure.
Welcome to the Utah Shakespearean Festival

I think maybe there have been a few movies that were modern adaptations of the Bard's work. Those I'd watch. This isn't Shakespeare, but the movie, "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou," is a modern adaptation of Homer's Odyssey.
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Old 09-05-2010, 04:08 AM
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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Believe me, this is one of the best in the country, and the actors are all professionals well known in the theater. I've seen many standing ovations given. I don't do Shakespeare because I only speak English (), but last year was a production called the Complete Works of William Shakespeare, or something like that. It was hilarious.
I've seen that -- it IS very funny. The Reduced Shakespeare Company's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). It's supposedly the longest-running comedy ever in London's West End. It's been playing there for years.
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Old 09-05-2010, 12:49 PM
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The Jersey Boys were great.

Viva Elvis and Ka suck astroids.
The rest of the Canadian Circus stuff was good.

We also heard nothing but BAD reviews of Chris Angel's show, so we won't waste the money.
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