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Some Thoughts on Into the Woods

If you're reading this, there's a good chance that you're aware of my...intense feelings for the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical Into the Woods (original production here). While it's an exaggeration to say, as I often do, that it's my favorite anything ever, it's not that much of an exaggeration. You can imagine my delight, then, when it was announced that The Fiasco Theater production of IttW would take up residence at the Kennedy Center for a month. I was familiar with Fiasco's past work and I was curious to see what they would do with this masterpiece. I am not so precious about my love for the original staging and recording as to be unable to love any alternative version; between the film version, cast recordings of other major productions, and other stage versions, I felt confident going into the Fiasco production that, whatever changes they made--for there are always changes--I would be able to accept, and maybe even enjoy then. I gobbled up…

Holiday Giving 2016

Happy Impending Holidays!

I know the blog's been silent for a while, and we'll return to something like regular service soon, but this isn't that.

Let's talk about holiday giving! Ah, yes, holiday giving, where we all try to decide which of the hundreds of worthwhile causes and organizations deserve a few of our dollars. This year, in particular, has seen several high profile causes like Planned Parenthood and the ACLU receive an influx of donations as an almost primal outpouring of grief due to the election results. And I am not saying don't donate to them--please do! I did--in fact, I am now, literally, the thing conservatives hate most: a card-carrying member of the ACLU. So, if that's where you want to throw your holiday dollars, have at it.

However, there are all sorts of organizations that stand to lose funding or face a more difficult task in their work because of the incoming Trump administration: decreased foreign aid and a lesser profile for the US on…