MY BRAIN. Is a muddle. Here is what my day has contained.
* The Torchwood
audio play. Yes, yes, I know I have very loudly quit Torchwood
, but I have a weakness for audio stuff. And I knew it would be hilarious. And I was not wrong. I'm going to have to listen to it again soon. CANDYFLOSS.
* As per a deal I made with maggiesox
, I am listening to Les Miserables
in its entirety, start to finish, for the first time. Ever. I know quite a few of the songs, because we sang a medley in chorus when I was in eighth grade (mmm, uplifting) and I was still young enough then so that I now, eleven years later, still know every word. I even bought the Broadway soundtrack at that time, but being young and free of any sort of taste in music, I didn't really care much about any of the songs I didn't already know.
So. I mentioned that in Maggie's presence, and a deal was brokered: I would listen to Les Miz if she would finally listen to The Fix
. I am holding up my end of the bargain, which is not exactly a chore, because I am of course enjoying it immensely.
And I just HAPPEN to have the recording with Philip Quast as Javert. Quast also plays my favorite character in The Fix
, one Grahame Chandler. Total coincidence, really!
* And then there is the paper on Hamlet
. We're reading Hamlet
in my literary-analysis-or-whatever-the-hell-
it's-called class, and had to do a "close reading" of a selection, which basically means "write at least three pages on ten to fifteen lines." I picked one of Claudius's, because I have a weakness for sympathetic villains. (See above in re: Grahame Chandler. Also, I bet we can all guess who is going to be my favorite Les Miz character.) (Incidentally, I believe Philip Quast could play an excellent Claudius. Grahame practically IS Claudius, just with polio and being in love with his nephew instead of his sister-in-law.) (See what I mean about my brain being a muddle?) Plus, it happens to contain one of my favorite selections in the play: "Do it, England/For like the Hectic in my Blood he rages/And thou must cure me." Grahame is so not the only one with a thing for his nephew.
(And yes, I managed three pages out of eleven lines effortlessly. I talk too much. If you had not noticed this, then hi, I'm Cathryn, nice to meet you.)
Also, somewhere in all that, during my play analysis class, was some brief discussion of Augustus Wilson's The Piano Lesson
, which I saw last year for my Intro to Theatre class and you should totally go see it if there is a production in your area, because it's pretty awesome.
But anyway. Torchwood
and Les Miz and Hamlet
and too many parallels with The Fix
in both casting and theme and if I DON'T have seriously strange dreams tonight, I will be very disappointed in my brain.