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it's too much pressure!

like the time i got stuck in temple grandin's huggin'-machine at the golden globes party.

--tracy jordan

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thelican
Jun. 4th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, that's hilarious.

30 Rock has this great way of having Tracy Jordan say stuff that he just wouldn't know about. Which is mostly what's funny.
jones_casey
Jun. 4th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
and going to the other half of his type of lines, on a recent talk show appearance tina fey revealed that many of his lines are crafted by tina directly quoting random things her young daughter alice has said. it's a great pairing.
thelican
Jun. 5th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
That's awesome.

BTW, I do realize that I've been delinquent in reporting on going to see "Arcadia." In brief, it was great. This is largely b/c the play is just SO GOOD that it's a joy to hear and see the lines spoken and enacted, but also because most of the acting and directing was really good. Even though some critics have disparaged Crudup for over-acting, I liked his slightly manic Bernard; he was charming. (There was a great moment where he was sitting in a chair, smugly listening to Hannah, when leg tucked under the other, his foot wagging like a sly dog's tail.) The actress who played Hannah seemed a bit too old but, more importantly, too physically neurotic. The actress who played Thomasina very unfortunately did not have the hang of projecting (the cast was mic-less) and could render her part only as shrill and bratty, which was was disappointing. I'm curious as to how that casting decision was made.

In general, though, it was highly enjoyable. Plus, we had fifth-row seats. Also, the actor who played Valentine (one of my favorite characters) was totally charismatic, in my book.
jones_casey
Jun. 30th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
i know well how time slips by. i intended to read the play when i first heard about the production, then again when you made this comment, before replying. i finally got my hands on a copy. as wordy as it is, i think much of the joy comes from the things that go unsaid. the final scene, for example, which i think is tremendously sweet without being saccharine. i'm glad for your observation of crudup's barnard, who was my favorite, despite his churlishness (it would also have been great to see victor garber, whom i know almost soley from alias, as barnard in '95). it is too bad that thomasina was miscast & misdirected (a sentiment i saw echoed in some comments to the times review) -- i think much (including the poignancy of that ending) hinges on her precociousness being endearing not offputting. thanks for this.
thelican
Jul. 1st, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that you read it. An acquaintance of mine saw it without being familiar with it, thought the performance was "fine," and expressed no desire to read the play itself. It seemed to me that he was missing a lot.

I hope you get a chance to see a performance, soon. The first (and other) time I saw the play was in college, and regardless of how amateur that was, as I say above, the play itself shines through. (How can you not enjoy hearing and seeing the dialogue between those characters?!)
wolodymyr
Feb. 14th, 2012 01:35 am (UTC)
Oh, I love this. Thank you.
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