Theatre Review: The Pajama Game

Back in mid-November, we went to Arena Stage to see The Pajama Game.  With all the wrangling in Congress over health-care and taxes, tripping over self-imposed deadlines, and all the popular culture sexual indiscretion scandals going on, a fluffy musical should be a pleasant afternoon of laughs and escape.  You are probably why I procrastinated for two months to write this review.  Beyond deciding to leave the Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year’s season to other joviality, I could not figure out how to write about office politics and romance right now. Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: The Ecumenism of Beauty, edited by Timothy Vernon

A couple of decades ago, my father visited me, a sort of father-son weekend in Washington, D.C.  Given that he has an ardent faith, I suggested that we attend the Sunday worship service as the Grace Church, in Georgetown.  This is a small Episcopal church with a lovely pipe-organ.  We enjoyed attending services there occasionally, because of the atmosphere, aesthetically and socially, in the sanctuary.  The minister always remembered our names, even though we were not members or regular attendees.  The congregation was diverse, and even accepted gay men in drag without judgment (The Dream Dress, gay fashion and adult toy store was across the street, but Jesus would have been witnessing to them rather than demanding adherence to dogma first). Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Maya and the Book of Everything, by Laurie Graves

Imagination… In the beginning was the Word… Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy… If music be the food of love, play on,… How many stories are told and re-told. Borrowing from, or building upon, the traditions may be one form of imagination.  A new author finds a way to recounting a familiar style of plot or characters, but with some different rhythm or twists. Continue reading

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Blowform Escape

The chapter of Jesus’s birth does need to have an ending.  King Herod, of course, did not really want to find the King of the Jews in order to venerate him.  Being an Roman governor over an occupied land, he wanted to squelch rebellions.  When he heard rumors of Jewish groups rallying around some leader, it was time to put a stop to this.  The Magi had a dream which instructed them to avoid King Herod when they left Judea.  Mary & Joseph also had a dream which instructed them to leave.  In our blowform Twelfth Night, the Magi decided that slumming in a local bar would be a place that King Herod would not look for them.  Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus head off to Egypt. Continue reading

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Blowform Epiphany

Having grown up in a Baptist tradition, I did not learn of the concept of Epiphany until I read James Joyce’s short-story series Dubliners.  I do not recall exactly what the story was about, but the concept that an epiphany was a discovery of some idea, or the realization of some mystical experience for the first time has stayed with me.  Twelfth Night is also called the Feast of Epiphany.  For this is the day on which the Magi found Jesus and presented him with gifts.  Okay, you can NOW unwrap your presents. Continue reading

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When You Do Not Have Enough Snow for a Snowman…

Happy New Year!

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Blowform Twelfth Night Trek

The traditions of Twelfth Night have pretty much disappeared from our holiday culture in the USA.  Who sings The Twelve Days of Christmas (or knows what all those gifts were about) any more?  While How The Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Miracle on 34th Street have been preaching the true meaning of Christmas (aka anti-commercialism of the holiday) for several generations, the Christmas season advances earlier each year with more emphasis on balancing the books before the end of the year.  By tradition, the Christmas tree did not even go up until Christmas Eve, and the gifts came out on Twelfth Night, or January 6th, the day the Magi were celebrated as finding Jesus (and brought him gifts). Continue reading

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