"The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth"

11:14 AM, Friday, August 24, 2007 / Posted by Christy / comments (2)

This past Wednesday I took part in a New York tradition. I got up early and stood in line for three and a half hours to get free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park. Every summer The Public Theatre puts on classic plays at the outdoor Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, and the generous corporate sponsorship allows these plays (which have in the past has featured the likes of Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Liev Schreiber, Natalie Portman, etc) to be absolutely free. They give out tickets at 1pm on the day of the show. But of course, people begin queuing up at the crack of dawn...sometimes they even spend the night. I got there at about 9:30am, and had no problem getting tickets. Of course, it was a Wednesday, and the weather was a bit damp, so that may have deterred some people from coming out. Bo came to join me about an hour later. Usually line jumping is strictly prohibited by the other angry New Yorkers in line, but you are allowed two tickets per person, and we were only getting one ticket each anyway, so it didn't really matter.

The show we saw was A Midsummer Night's Dream. I haven't seen this play since my high school production, so it was fun to see again. I thought it was really well done. Most of the actors were great, and I thought it was cool that they cast children as the fairies instead of adults. It gave it a more magical feel. Bo has actually played almost every male character in that play, so he's a pretty tough critic, and he loved it too.

Speaking of Bo, we had a healthy debate the other night about modern movies versus classics. He said there was so much crap put out these days, and he thinks movies from the 50s and 60s were much better quality. I argued that there are still great movies put out these days, and that there were crap movies in the 50s and 60s too, but you just don't know about them...because they were crap. So, my question for you, dear readers, is what do you think of movies these days? Are they all crap? Or are there still innovative, good quality movies being made?

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A Midwestern Tour

1:21 PM, Tuesday, August 14, 2007 / Posted by Christy / comments (1)

I'm back from Ohio/Illinois...and what a trip it was. It was really nice to get home for a while and see my family. Especially right now while I have no show to work on, and my boyfriend is also out of town. I got to spend a lot of time with my brother, which was cool. We got to do our annual The Beach Waterpark trip. And I also got to see his new apartment, right by Eden Park in downtown Cinci. And I got to meet his girlfriend, Katie. I think she's probably my favorite of his girlfriends to date.

The trip to Illinois was crazy as always. We went to my annual family reunion for my mom's side where I always meet new relatives. It gets sorta insane because not only do I have about 30 cousins including my first cousins' spouses and children, but my mom also has a gazillion cousins, many of whom have grandkids by this point. So the family just grows exponentially every year. But big families are a lot of fun, and I'm thankful for mine.

We also got to visit the Thede side while in Illinois, and it worked out great this year because I got to see all my cousins (although there are far fewer on the Thede side). In recent years it's been harder to get us all together with sports, college, jobs, etc. We played a crazy game of Polish Uno. I think I got the hang of it, but I could not for the life of me explain it to you.

So now I'm back in New York, where I should have started rehearsal for a new show last night. But it turns out, we're not starting until next week now. Oh well. That gives me a chance to get unpacked and run some errands this week. Oh, the new show is called A Good Farmer, and I'm sure you'll hear more about it from me in the coming weeks.

And finally, friends, it is a monumental week. This week, by boyfriend leaves his 30s behind and marches onward to those wonderfully "mature" years. This Wednesday, he turns 40. Scary...I think more for me than for him. But oh, well. It's one of those things that if I think about it for too long, it starts to seem a little weird. But in reality, it's no big deal. In fact, I like being with a guy who actually acts like a grown-up. So, I think that I'm of the opinion, now more than ever, that age is just a number. A relationship should be based on things far more important than the year we were born.

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Back to Ohio, and A Few More Harry Thoughts

12:37 AM, Thursday, August 9, 2007 / Posted by Christy / comments (1)

I'm in Ohio! Yes, I worked so hard trying to get out of here...but I'm only back for a visit. This is actually the first decent sized visit I've had since moving away. I've always just come home for a few days due to my crazy schedule. This time it's been nice to relax and hang out with friends and not feel like I always have to be someplace. And I have to admit, it's nice to have air conditioning in this kind of heat!

Yesterday I got to hang out in Dayton for the evening with all my coolest college friends. My brother Adam, Christine, Sarah, and I all went to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for the second time. Sarah and Christine had not yet had the IMAX 3D experience. Everyone should have the experience of seeing Dan Radcliffe's face eight stories tall and popping out of the screen. After the movie we met up with some more friends for dinner and hanging out. Just like old times.

(The following paragraph is spoiler-free...but feel free to skip it if you're being extra cautious before you finish the final Harry Potter book.)

So, after seeing the movie for a second time, I've decided that it contains my favorite line out of all five five films to date. Not to give the films the same credence as the books, but I don't think I've ever heard a better summation of the series than when Sirius Black said, "We have all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the power we chose to act on. That’s who we really are." It's not a direct quote from the book, but I believe it encompasses the theme of the series (and it was so beautifully written by the wonderful new screen writer who I wish was staying to do the rest of the films). I think that one of the most defining things about this series that sets it apart from other children's literature is the complexity of its characters. The 'good' characters make bad choices. They have tragic flaws like pride, anger, selfishness, and greed. And these flaws sometimes even win out. The 'bad' characters become sympathetic, like when Snape was flipped on his head by James Potter or when we learn about Voldemort's tormented childhood. But that's how life is. I know I've felt the "light and dark" inside myself. I hope it is the light that I more often act upon.

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