Last night was what shall be known as the Ian McKellan King Lear at the New London Theater (where my uncle saw Cats "back when they were just kittens"), which the three of us saw with wechsler. I wish I could go on and on about how brilliant it was, but it was as brilliant as a Lexus or something - really well designed but not, somehow, compelling. Yeah, Sir Ian handled Lear's entire mental arc very nicely, but I just didn't really care. I was bizarrely caught up in the Gloucester story, which, truth (and uncle) be told, could have been utterly excised and left the plot intact. It was neat to really catch Cordelia's humiliation, and Goneril and Regan were just brilliantly evil, but ... I don't know. We had good seats. I was not moved. (wechsler was moved to leave during intermission due to post-new-flat exhaustion. I was a bit sorry I hadn't just been able to scalp his ticket, but there you go.) Also, it appears "the second Doctor" or some such was in this show as the Jester, but I don't know one from the other and didn't buy a program. At the end there was a bit of a standing ovation, but I'm not going to clap for Sir Ian because he's Sir Ian, I would only clap for the actor who played Lear last night, and he was good, but he didn't move me. Maybe the show's just been running for so long that it's lost all of its energy. God only knows I've lost most of mine.
Given the lack of travelling companion for my weekend away, I've cancelled my Monday off work and decided to stay here. Would anyone like to go out with me Saturday night to see Gekidan Kaitaisha's "Bye Bye Reflection," "a harsh and critical portrayal of war, violence and prejudice inspired by the terrorist attacks of 11 September?" (They were written up in the Metro today, if the name rings a bit of a bell.) I think I can get free tickets, at least per the letter I got in the mail from Riverside two days ago. Let me know.