Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

21 Jul 2004, 15:47 p.m.

Happy Greek Face, Frowny Greek Face

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2004 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Over the last few years, I've increased my theatre-going quite a bit. I was always in community and school productions up through the freshman year of high school, and now that I have disposable income again I'm back into live theater. I saw:

  • Urinetown, which I really liked, at ACT in SF. Funny lyrics, when I could hear them, and a spot-on, hilarious ending.
  • Much Ado About Nothing at the Berkeley Rep. I'd never seen this one before, if you'll believe that. Shakespeare knew what he was doing, and this Beatrice and Benedick sizzled.
  • Both plays in the Continental Divide set at Berkeley Rep. The conservative one, "Mothers Against," I liked better than the liberal one, "Daughters of the Revolution," but both were good. Oddly enough, people who saw both plays could "vote" for one of the two fictional candidates, and I found myself voting Republican.
  • Lobby Hero at Aurora in Berkeley. Great! What else do you expect from Kenneth Lonergan, who wrote You Can Count On Me?
  • Mike Daisey, "21 Dog Years". Fun, if very different from the book (which I perhaps enjoyed more).
Surprise, surprise, I only go and spend money to see shows I'm likely to enjoy.

Tomorrow night I'm going to see Wasting Your Breath, the Mike Daisey memoir workshop performance. Only five bucks. Wow, something I might have been able to see while in college, except I was busy dating the wrong guy, swinging my moods, and generally being a dope.