Back!

We had an amazing trip and time away in Mexico. It would have been nice to read more but we ended up spending the time relaxing.

Now, I’m assistant stage manager for The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde for St. Marys Community Players. This is a group I’ve been involved with for a number of years. While the show is on I don’t have the time I would like to read either but after it’s over next week I’ll have more time to focus on my reading again.

However in the next week or so I’ll have a few reviews ready to post. Looking forward to diving right into more books too. I’m also considering hosting a reading challenge as well.

Theatrical Thursday – The Importance of Being Earnest

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The first show that I saw at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival was Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.  For any theatre fan this would be a show you’ve probably seen it several time and probably involved with the show in someway.  But it’s a show I absolutely adore.  It’s almost sad how well I know this show, I could deliver the lines along with the cast.

There are a few interesting points about this particular production that are worth pointing out.  First is Brian Bedford is back at the festival.  That is enough to make it worth the trip to Stratford for this show.  He’s a great classic clown.  Bedford is wonderful in all that he does.  If you’ve never been to Stratford the name may not mean much to you unless you take into consideration Brian Bedford is the voice of Robin Hood by Disney.  Bedford is playing Lady Bracknell as well as directing the show.  The other exciting part of The Importance of Being Earnest is that Desmond Heeley is the set designer for the show.  Anytime he creates a set you know your breath will be taken away.

The cast of this production is amazing, you have Sara Topham, Ben Carlson, and the incomperable Stephen Ouimette.  It’s a show I could watch over and over again this season.  Wilde is a wonderful playwright and I find, no matter how many times I watch this show, I laugh so much.  If you’re looking for a comedy this is the show for you.  The players do a wonderful job of playing off each other bouncing off each others lines as if it were everyday banter.  

Shows that deal with babies left in handbags left in train stations (Victoria station of all places!) are just not done often enough.  The only problem with this show is the final line.  I love this show very much but every time I hear the last line I cringe, it’s horrible.  

It’s also important to note that the festival is doing the three act version of the show rather than the original four act.  There is some interesting trivia surrounding the the creation of the three act play but I wont get into that.  

I’ll leave you with the webcast where the general director of the festival (Antoni Cimolino) talks with Brian Bedford about his involvement in all things Wilde this season at the festival.

Be sure to watch the second part of this video.

Still Alive!

Hello All,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything.  There are a number of reasons for that.  First and foremost is I’ve had some major writers block, these past few days I feel as thought I’ve had nothing really to say.  Since I have noting to say I decided to keep my trap shut, not sure what the point is in posting if you feel there is nothing valid to say.  Another reason for not posting is that I’ve had an idea for a novel floating around for the last couple days.  I’ve always wanted to do some writing but have never really had the gumption to do it.  So, I’m allowing these ideas to ruminate for a while and try and make decisions on the possibility of pursuing this.

I’ve also wanted to take an opportunity to say thank you to a couple of people on here.  As those regular readers of That’s the Book! know I’ve had some health issues for quite some time.  There’s been lots of speculation and guessing at what the problem may be.  Unfortunately, nothing much has worked, so I was left with being ill since November and it’s been becoming a rather frustrating process to say the least.  Well, the last couple of weeks all that has changed, and is continuing to change.

I started with a trip to Dr. Stephen Lafay a chiropractor.  After taking some X-rays one day he showed me how totally messed up my neck is.  After looking at the X-rays it was not much of a surprise that I was getting regular migraine headaches.  After seeing him a few times I noticed a change in the headache situation.  And for that I’m thankful to Dr. Lafay and the staff.  

The following Monday, last week, I decided I’d make a trip to a naturopath, which brought me to Sunrise Health Services.  They have four doctors and I got to see Katie Branter and it didn’t take long for her to figure out what the problem is.  So now I’m taking some things to put my adrenal glands back to normal.  After being on the natural medication for a few days I noticed a change.  I used to crave sweets all the time now I don’t even think about it, which is fantastic.  When I go back on June first the plan is work on my insomnia, and if that works just as well as this is I’m really looking forward to getting some sleep.  

I hope to be back posting regularly again soon.  For the time being I’m going to consider this whole writing idea.  I’m also getting some reading in which is great.  Tomorrow you can look forward to a discussion of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for Theatrical Thursday.