John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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Literary Nerd

For Christmas, my mom and dad gave laurie_robey and I tickets to see The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players (or "NYGASP," as they refer to themselves) perform H.M.S. Pinafore (or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor) at Wolf Trap Farm Park. NYGASP is one of the premiere G&S companies today (and certainly worthy heirs of the D'Oly Carte tradition). The performance was this past Saturday night, and even though it wasn't exactly the most comfortable weather (Wolf Trap is a semi-enclosed outdoor theater), we had a great time.

Sir Joseph stole the show of course, but Captain Corcoran gave him a run for his money. The orchestra conductor, an energetic fellow who looked startlingly like the Six Flags guy, also joined in the fun, giving the actors grief for "missing their cues" and calling up encores of "Never Mind the Why and Wherefore" until Captain Corcoran resorted to pulling out a blunderbuss and threatening him with it. There was also an added bit of business with Sir Joseph and Captain Corcoran getting a bit tipsy at dinner and mistaking champagne glasses for telephones. (Captain Corcoran: "I'm sorry, I can barely hear you." Sir Joseph: *gets up and walks over to the edge of the set* "Can you hear me now?")

I'll have to make a point to see some more NYGASP shows ... I'd like to see what they'd do with Ruddigore or The Mikado.

On another note: I picked up a copy of the 2005 Novel and Short Story Writer's Market. Be afraid. 0.o

Finally, since I'm being a literary nerd, this one is for the Jane Austen fans out there: The New York Review of Books: In Love With Jane.
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