Thanksgiving weekend was pretty mellow – both of us were pretty jet-lagged. I decided against doing my usual long weekend project, organizing the basement, in favor of drama and comedy.
Saturday afternoon I went to see Pride and Prejudice at the Round House Theater. As usual my friend Jjana sparkled in her two roles, and the play managed to capture the wit and crackle from the novel and movie adaptations. I was a little annoyed with the hulking, rotating house in the middle of the stage that represented the different backgrounds, but the dialogue and the romantic tension was what really mattered.
That was also the case with Sunday afternoon’s production of Romeo and Juliet at the Synetic Theater. I was a little doubtful about a mute version of a famous romantic tragedy – isn’t the whole point of Shakespeare the words? – but I still fell in love with the sheer physicality in the performance. Granted, I’m sure my appreciation would be different if I didn’t know the basic story line, but even without dialogue the play was smart and sexy. I wasn’t thrilled about the techno music but I loved the imagery of the mechanical pieces, especially with a stray arm undulating behind a wheel.
And then I went to see Judy Blume interviewed by NPR’s Lynn Neary at the Smithsonian. She DID NOT look her age (73) AT ALL, and the conversation ranged from censorship to YA literature to Key West. An added bonus was seeing HTH, who helped organize the event.
The rest of the week has been a blur of work and sleep, though I did get to my dance class, and I was invited to speak on a career panel organized by the Fletcher Women’s Network even though I went to SAIS. Kindly inclusive of them, and there was another SAISer who spoke.