|Mid-Winter Singing Festival|
|Magdalen and Miko Fossum (courtesy of MWSF)|
Next we were treated to:
The Acting Company/The Guthrie Theater: The Comedy of Errors
February 11, 2011 | Pasant Theatre
Nicky and I tried something new for this evening, we attended a Wharton Center "Preview Dinner" held before the performance in the Christman Lounge at the WC. The buffet dinner was enjoyed by about 50 of us who were then treated to a talk by John Neville-Andrews, Professor of Theatre, University of Michigan. Neville-Andrews is an apparent expert on Shakespeare and he was somewhat amusing in describing what we were about to see...a play of twins separated and birth who grow up and meet later...complete with mayhem, murder and mistaken identity. What was notable about the evening was the Acting Company's performance...accentuated by excellent characters in the twins especially. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and thought the Acting Company were top notch.
Not at all sure our next venture was going to be much fun. I am pleased to say I was pleasantly surprised. The Wahrton Center brought, "Shrek The Musical" for its Broadway series and we took the tickets as they were part of the package. I'll say this, the singing was very good, all night and Shrek and his bride-to-be were wonderful. Much was written in advance about the role of the Prince (partly because of the gimmick enlisted by his playing the character on his knees the entire time) and certainly he was very good, but as sometimes happens in theater...he knew he was very good and made sure we knew it. It was an enjoyable night at the theater...but NOT, as one commenter said on the Wharton Center website, better than Wicked.
February 18th saw a low-key Coffeehouse at All Saints...and the introduction of an email service I'm using to put a little "order" to its marketing. The first posting looked like this:
More to come in March...see you then