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January 27, 2009

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Ed

I'll definitely see Xanadu at some point- it looks like a lot of fun. I wish they'd been able to persuade Mary Testa and Jackie Hoffman to do the tour though- I'm sure the actresses playing the 'evil' muses on the tour are fine, but those original two seem irreplacable from what few bootleg clips I was able to gaze at enviously (one of the few instances I kinda wished I lived in NYC instead of Chicago, actually...)

Allen

I can't wait to see Xanadu myself - I think a lot of us could use a show like that right now. However, I really have to disagree with you about Desire Under the Elms. I did not catch GreyZelda's, but I have seen both Goodman's and Hypocrites'. Their productions were very different but I would hardly call Goodman's Desire ineffective. Though I think Brian hadn't quite found his way in the role yet, Pablo, Carla, Boris and Daniel all gave captivating performances. As for the Bob Dylan song and the set: they entirely supported Mr. Falls' (and O'Neill's, for that matter) artistic vision. O'Neill gave us a very stylized, expressionist, almost dream-like script and I think Bob, his cast and design team really hit a home run with this production.

Ed

Are you cheered up now Kris? I have to hand it to the producers of "Xanadu"- they have more pink in their advertising than "Legally Blonde," and that takes some doing. I love how exuberantly, shamelessly colorful all the ads are. I'm looking forward to seeing your take on the show itself in t:oc.

Ed

Phooey. I thought you were writing it.

Dianna

Dude.... I saw "Touch" at New Leaf last week (you HAVE to go...), and then saw Revolutionary Road the next night. That was a rough 48 hours.

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