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Monday, March 24, 2008

Wicked Review and Easter Recap

It's Monday already? Man, this sucks. The weekend is too short.

But, at least it was fun:

"Wicked" was really good, as is demonstrated by my purchases below. The music was great, the performers were really good, and the set is really rad (I especially love everything set in the Emerald City). My only real criticism is that the play changed the ending from the book's version and made it a happy ending. Don't get me wrong, I don't have a beef with happy endings, I just don't like a manipulated happy ending; plus, I think it should have stuck with the tragic ending since the book's theme analyzes the human tendency to create a scapegoat out of people who are different. And, I'm sorry, but a scapegoat needs to be sacrificed in order for the audience to understand the repercussions of such ignorant tendencies.

However, the play struck a much lighter tone than the novel, so I can understand why they made that decision about the ending; for the show, it made "some" sense. And certainly the play deviated from the novel in some other key ways, but for the sake of coherency within the show, I think those changes worked.

So, anyway, that's my review.

On Sunday, we went to a friend's house for Easter and had a good time as well. We played "bolo" which is kinda like horse shoes in theory, but way different. I can't really explain it very well, sorry. But it was fun. Then we also played some Wii bowling and had jousting Peeps in the microwave. I ate WAY too much, and combined with the requisite holiday drinking, I pretty much fell asleep right after dinner.

Anyhoo...I have a really busy week ahead of me. I have a shitload of papers to read (it's exactly this kind of work that would be handy for a flying monkey to do) and I am in the final stages of planning a baby shower for Saturday, so I have shiz to get done for that as well. And -- I want to make sure that I get back on track with running this week. Last week, I got in just 3 runs of 3 miles a piece. Better than the week before, but still not much.

Hope everyone had a good holiday yesterday and for anyone who was traveling, hope you traveled safely! Check ya later, homies.

15 comments:

Wes said...

Funny... I always thought the ending to the original was happy. Silly me ;-)

AnthonyP said...

Glad you had a nice Easter.

keith said...

I've never seen Wicked. I always assumed I'd make a good 'scarecrow' though.

If you're having flying monkeys grade your papers that would make you...wicked?

Paul said...

Sounds like you've got a busy week ahead! Nice review.

ws said...

I'd offer you my puppy to grade papers but he is a barely walking monkey...flying is probably a few years down the line. Wasting peeps in the microwave though...not sure how I feel about that. Enjoy your day back at school, I feel that same about weekends.

P.O.M. said...

Ok, but really - that song "Popular" makes me want to pop someones ear drums (well, at least mine).

I honestly had a friend that was Glenda in real life. She was soooooooo annoying and fakely perfect and a total wreck!

D10 said...

Sounds like you had a nice weekend. Glad you enjoyed Wicked, it is a great show. Good luck with your runs this week, I am sure you will do fabulous, as always.

Viv said...

I could see why the rough ending would have gone over sorely, but it does make more sense.

I hope you get through that stack quickly.
Peeps in the microwave..boy have I been missing out.

Marcy said...

Sounds like a great weekend chica! I think the Mr and I will be doing some Wii bowling ourselves tonight.

nwgdc said...

I've seen Wicked twice, and LOVED it both times. Only downside: My wife does the Glenda side-to-side hair flip a LOT now.

Jess said...

Glad you enjoyed Wicked for the most part...even if they changed the ending

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Been crazy busy here too with lots of family stuff. Glad you had a nice holiday. 3 runs is better than nothing, keep at it!! :D

Shannon said...

Easter at the Edwards sounded fun - sorry we missed it. You weren't alone in the overeating department. The baby was a pig yesterday and kept demanding that I eat every kind of dessert and then some peanut M&Ms. :)

Crystal said...

Your opening line is exactly how I felt this morning. The weekend is way too short and really seemed to fly by this weekend, and it totally sucked that it was Monday already. 3-day weekends should be mandatory.

Mendy said...

When up in NYC, I tried hard to get tickets to Wicked. They were sold out the night we were trying to get to a broadway show and that's the one we wanted to see. Bummer!

It sounds like a good show. I've never read the book.