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My theater going has taken a real hit since the New Year, as I vowed not to buy any more tickets until I'd actually gotten well. That said, I still had some tickets bought back in December when I thought I'd be returning to a healthy me in January, and I have managed to get all of them reviewed (except for the ballet I saw - but if I'm only seeing one show a week, I probably ought to be looking at reviewing ballet more actively again).

Best of the bunch was Get Aladdin (it's a pun), the panto traditionally produced at the now-defunct "Above the Stag" pub theater/gay bar. I'd been trying to see it for two years; this year I finally made and was really wowed by its camp outrageousness and very timely political jokes. It was just the thing to pick up my spirits.

Occasionally funny but mostly limp was Priscilla Presley's turn in Snow White at the New Wimbledon Theater. I have generally found their productions dull and this was no exception - however, I'll never miss a chance to see this particular panto done elsewhere as the talent contained in the seven dwarves about blew me out of my seat.

Setting a new low in "cringe theater" was Fair Em at the Union Theater, which may have been a historical play but should never have been revived in my book. I think they worked hard to try to make something of it, and it was, you know, a fringe venue, but ultimately it was one for the completists only.

At this point in time I have NO tickets booked for ANYTHING which is a sad and shocking state of affairs but a good thing for my wallet after the hit my paycheck took from work deducting my sick time from my salary. Fortunately I do have a free show coming from the Almeida on a blogger's night: Turn of the Screw. Never seen it before, don't know anything about it, and it's FREE. Oh, wait, actually I have another show I booked two months ago and forgot about AND I'm going to see a matinee of Phantom of the Opera with lucybond and cavalorn and will FINALLY get to meet their daughter after all of these years of reading about her. I'm actualy kind of excited about it: I've never taken time off work to see a play before!

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