Saturday, April 07, 2007

A Night of Culture

I accepted an invitation, today, to go to the theatre with my good friend, Jan, the Artist. The evening started out with a home cooked meal at her house, in the company of her and her daughter. I contributed roast potatoes, while Jan provided pork chops, spinach, parsnips, and onions. Daughter was supposed to accompany us to the theatre, but after dinner, she announced that she was staying home, to work on a project for university. Although I was disappointed t suffer a fifty percent reduction in my escorts for the evening, I pressed on. After all, the show must go on.
Jan took me to Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, where she secured standby, discount tickets at 30% off. The show we saw was a production of Jean Paul Satre's adaptation of "Kean," based on the original play by Alexandre Dumas. "Kean" is the story of British actor, Edmund Kean, although why two Frenchmen, like Dumas and Satre, would be so keen to write about a British actor is beyond me. This particular production starred veteran British actor, Antony Sher.
I had two beers while waiting for showtime. Once the play had gotten under way, I dozed off for a few minutes. This was no reflection on the quality of the acting, but was the result of failing to have an afternoon nap, today. I awakened refreshed and went on to enjoy the bulk of the play. This was the first theatrical production I had seen since 2004, when I saw "The Woman in Black." I fell asleep at that one, as well. Tonight was the final night of this production run, in Guildford. It was competently executed and entertaining.
If you are in the Guildford area and want to attend the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, you can contact the box office at: 01483 440000

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