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Angels in Seattle

After a slow, slow afternoon at work, we grabbed a to-go dinner and made it to the Cinerama and got in to see the benefit screening of HBO's "Angels in America." Even though it was three hours long, it pretty well flew by, and the performances (especially Mary Louise Parker as the paranoid Mormon housewife) were uniformly excellent. Some of the special effects were very Dr. Who-like, and the difference between small- and large-screen cinematography was all too obvious, but overall I though it was a shame that, say, Al Pacino's performance as Roy Cohn couldn't go up for an Oscar.

Afterwards we actually talked to a woman from HBO who'd flown up from San Francisco for the screening, and she kind of gave me the giggles when I told her that we weren't planning on watching the second half (since we don't have cable) and she asked,"Don't you want to know how it ends?" as if it was a big secret HBO was keeping from the TV viewing audience. But then I thought what an elitist I must be, as a member of one of the few highly-active theater going communities in the United States, to think that people might already have seen the play and thus knew how it ended. On the other hand, I thought it was a little strange that she hadn't at least made the effort to see the play herself ...

My only other comment about the show was that I thought its camera shots of New York were highly suspect. The show was clearly set in 1985, and yet not one shot showed the World Trade Center? The Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building were NOT the emotional soul of go-go 1980s New York City. I wonder if they thought it would be offensive to people. I have to admit that the incredible emotional wrench I felt when I saw the World Trade Center in the year 4000 visit to New York City in the movie A.I. might predict that showing them on screen in this show might have been more upsetting or distracting than merely historically accurate, or ... perhaps they would make the worries of the characters in the play seem charmingly quaint.

I noticed a project I was working on is live now at Washington Mutual. I still see room for improvement, but it's a kind of neat thing.

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