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We saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 3D at Framingham on Sunday. Eddie Redmayne was a great Newt Scamander, and as Dan and Donna said after they saw the movie, it's nice to have a movie in the Harry Potter world about adults. Nice visuals and music, too. I loved The Blind Pig Speakeasy.

Didn't recognize Johnny Depp as Grindelwald.

Looking forward to the next four movies.
22nd-Nov-2016 10:23 pm - The Durrells in Corfu, season 1
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After the first episode of The Durrells in Corfu, Joe realized it seemed very familiar. Turns out he'd read at least one of the books by Gerald Durrell and it was waiting in my nightable for me to read. Which I will at some point.

The scenery was of course beautiful, and the cast was excellent. Such a treat to see Leslie Caron. I liked the music, too.
20th-Nov-2016 11:50 am - The Mystery of Edwin Drood
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Vokes' The Mystery of Edwin Drood was fun last night. We seem to see this musical about once every ten or twenty years. The other two times were both at Turtle Lane: 9/28/2007 and 1988. Joe even remembered who was voted by the audience as the murderer: Durdles the stonemason, both times. This time it was Rosa Bud (Katie Finkelstein), Helena Landless (Samara Soiref) was voted to be Dick Datchery, and Princess Puffer (Jennifer Bubriski) and Nick Cricker, Jr./Deputy (Kevin Pitts) were selected as the lovers with the happy ending,

Dan Kelly stood out as Chairman William Cartwright and Mayor Thomas Sapsea, and it was great to see Emma Boroson as Edwin Drood. There was a nice full orchestra (14 musicians) backstage.

Directed & Choreographed by Laura Espy Lippitt
Music Director: Howard Boles
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After reading the book, I figured I'd watch the movie of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies once it got to cable. Great cast (Lily James, Matt Smith, Charles Dance, Lena Headey) and some nice cinematography, but I liked the first half of the movie better because it was closer to the book (and Pride and Prejudice itself). There were major plot departures from the book in the second half, so we saw the Battle of London but not Elizabeth's visit to Pemberley.

I liked the children singing English nursery rhymes in zombie versions at the end of the credits. And wondering about the scene in the middle of the credits with the horde of zombies (led by Wickham) storming the house.
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Catching up...

Last April I took Ellen and Alex to the Fringe Theatre's panto, Snow White and the 7(th) Dwarves (Panto). The previous time, it was both Joe and me, and just Ellen, so it was very hectic but fun. The Kit Kat bars at intermission were rather messy---Alex as coated in chocolate and needed hosing down afterward.
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Great Performance's Gypsy: Live from the Savoy Theatre was great, especially Imelda Staunton as Rose and Lara Pulver as Louise. It was fun to see Peter Davison as Herbie.

The cast perparations during the overture were shown in black and white, with occasional shots of the orchestra (especially the brass).
17th-Nov-2016 03:13 pm - Warrior Class
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Last Sunday, we saw Warrior Class, by Kenneth Lin, at Lyric Stage. Definitely not my kind of play, but it was very relevant as an election drama, and so nice to see Michael Tow in a leading role at Lyric. We'd seen him there in Chinglish and he was was a wonderful Burt Healey in NCT's Annie in 2013.
9th-Nov-2016 12:04 am - Doctor Strange (2016)
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We enjoyed Doctor Strange in 3D this afternoon in Framingham. Benedict Cumberbatch was a good Doctor Strange (and his American accent was excellent), the visuals were amazing, and there was great music by Michael Giacchino.
6th-Nov-2016 09:16 am - Ready to Roll
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Ready to Roll is technically a novella, but Suzanne Brockmann's novellas are the length of most writers' novels. I liked the shifting interview-style points of view, and Boat Squad John (the 'tadpoles') grew on me.

It's been a while since I journaled one of Suzanne Brockmann's books---the last one was Breaking the Rules in 2011! And Do or Die appeared in between, but somehow that didn't get an entry. Oh well. Looking forward to Some Kind of Hero next year!
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I managed to fit in a quick trip to the Museum of Fine Arts last Tuesday after handing back exams at the beginning of class at BU. I saw two special exhibits in an hour and fifteen minutes,A very nice treat to myself!
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