Yes, I've been out of touch for 3 days... and it may be more! Darn internet connection stopped working Thursday night, and with it being the weekend, I don't know when it will be fixed.
So - just a couple of things and then I'm off to catch up on my f-list:
I took Friday afternoon off and drove 5 hours up to Ann Arbor to catch Tig in "Threepenny Opera" by Bertolt Brecht. Great job done by the troupe on a very difficult play - a play that's both ultra modern and classic at the same time! It's a very "stylized" play, and translated from German - two more hurdles the cast had to get over - so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I'd read bits and bobs in my German classes, and was familiar with the song "Mack the Knife" from it, but couldn't quite figure out what kind of a play would have a song that seems to glorify a casual murderer in it. *G* Well - it's different, all right! *L* The "plot" takes place in 1830's England and centers on MacHeath, a dandified murderer/pimp/thief who heads a gang of inept burglars. He's just swept Polly, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peachum, off of her feet and married her - the latest in a line of several wives, people say. But she's no innocent angel. Her parents run a beggars ring - they decide who can beg where, charge them for begging clothes, and take 50% of their take. She has a very modern attitude towards love. She's turned down 3 "nice gentleman", but decided not to say no to this thief, with whom she's fallen in love. A victim of blind love? Not at all. She knows what she's getting and she's happy with it. But her parents conspire to get MacHeath hung, even though he's managed to evade it again and again. They decide to get one of his whores to turn him in. This is where Tig comes in - *G*. Jenny's the main whore, and she plays Nelly, one of the two other whores who get to drape themselves amongst the customers - when she's not keeping herself busy knitting. *G* A wonderful job by our Tig - she's very nonchalant about her "business", and quite a good flirt with the gents. *G* The actors playing MacHeath, the Peachums, Polly, and Jenny are excellent, as is the rest of the cast, most of whom end up playing both beggars and thieves, depending on the scene. *applauds* A great theatre to see it in - very intimate, not a bad seat in the house. I really enjoyed seeing it!
After the play, we went to a party at the place shared by a couple of the actors. It was mostly talking - in the kitchen or on the patio in the beautiful evening - with a backbeat of dance music from one of the actors, who also dj's on the side, and a short time of playing "spot the actress" while watching Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (the actress who played Jenny, who wasn't at the party, had the movie on her credits, so everybody was trying to figure out who she played; turned out she appears briefly in a wild outfit and is said to have invented the [insert unprounceable 200-letter word here] in the 23rd Century. So, Tig - did she get suprised with the word last night? *ggl* What a great group, and very nice to this strange woman who suddenly appeared amongst them. *S*
5 hours of sleep, a visit with Rusty the wonderpurrkitty, a wave hello at Ms. Frodo, a nice breakfast with Tig and Tig's mom, free chocolate chip cookies, and a tour of the Piano and Music store where Tig works, and it was time to leave. I did stop in at an amazing comic book and video store called Midnight Video. Jack of None, you would have LOVED it. I ended up buying some hilariously short little figures from Hellboy - and a Popeye figure you'll probably see in an icon in the near future. *L*!
That's about it, except... MAMA DUCK'S DUCKLINGS HATCHED!!! Yes, those of you who read my entry in my photo journal will be pleased to know that I just barely got to see her on the nest with the newly-hatched ducklings on Thursday night and Friday morning. I check at noon on Friday, before I left for Ann Arbor, and they were gone - which fits what I read on the internet, that she only stays on the nest about 8-12 hours once they start hatching. BUT - I haven't been able to find them since. *sigh* I was hoping they'd live in the pond that's only 10 feet away from where they hatched, but... unless they've been hiding, I haven't seen them there. There's a more natural pond behind the development, and they may have gone there, although it would have been quite a trip across the road. If they did, I hope they all made it. I probably won't see them then, since it's so big. So, cross your fingers and hope that I at least get to see them and count how many made it. I was awfully bad and really pushed my way in to take pics of the ducklings, but I kept it short. I figured she would be leaving soon, anyway, so it shouldn't cause them much harm, since I wouldn't be scaring them away from a place they should stay. Unfortunately, the light was very dim (overcast, and either early evening or early morning), so all my pics are grainy and taken at 1600 ASA. I hope I get just one session with them this week, before they grow out of their cute stage!