Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Weekend Assignment #319: Plays

This week Karen picked a topic that I think Jenn will find funny.

Nowadays we get most of our comedy and drama from television, from movies and even from internet downloads. Perhaps we sometimes forget that all of these evolved from a much older art form, the stage play. Do you ever attend plays, musicals or operas? Why or why not?

See, I'm not a fan of plays, musicals, or operas. Especially operas. I know. I'm an uncultured jerk, but I'm okay with that. Actually, I'm sure there are some plays that I might enjoy if I gave them a chance. Maybe.

This is not to say I've never gone to anything. A long time ago we went to see Phantom of the Opera. Jenn got some tickets from the company she used to work for so I couldn't get out of it. Was it terrible? No. But I did not walk out of the saying, "Damn, I've missed out on so much!" I think it has to do with everything being sung. I don't know why that bothers me since I enjoy music. Like I said, I'm an uncultured jerk, I have no other excuse.

We also saw Blue Man Group a long time ago. (See how everything is "a long time ago?") This I enjoyed. The music was good. The show was fun. We even have a Blue Man Group CD. I would have enjoyed it even more if I didn't feel lousy that night. I remember having a bad cold and really wanting to sleep, but the show kept me awake. I highly recommend this show if you haven't seen it already.

Extra Credit: Have you ever seen anything by Shakespeare performed live?

No, I have never seen any Shakespeare performed live. I'll leave it at that.

Go check out the Weekend Assignment blog for the other responses. Join in, too. It's fun. All the cool kids are doing it.


Karen Funk Blocher said...

Hey, if you don't like this stuff, Mike, it's okay with me! I distinctly remember going to a G B Shaw play as a teenager, and thinking how boringly "stagy" it was. I'm not sure I was wrong about that!

Dreamybee said...

I saw A Midsummer Night's Dream in London, and I was expecting it to be all forest-y with elaborate costumes and sets. Instead it was totally sparse, and the only props were these giant door frames that came up out of the floor and giant colorful umbrellas that came down out of the ceiling. I thought I was going to be totally disappointed by it, but it ended up being awesome!

Sandrine said...

You sound just like my sister - far from uncultured, but hates opera! Which means it was even nicer of her to come with me to see Don Carlo in Verona and sit on the stone for three hours...