Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rain.

“I thought I’d better come before the rain,” said the man I hire to mow.  “It’s gonna be early this year.  Usually it’s just before the State Fair when we get rainy fall days.”

The rain started the next day, and has continued five days now (Sept. 29).  Days have remained overcast, and we enjoyed series of gentle rain each day.

My walks in the rain have not been profitable.  The umbrella blocked the view, and the gentle breeze gradually wet me in spite of the umbrella.  The best part was putting on the clothes again after their toss in the dryer.  And, no fault of the rain, my spirits have been occasionally down.  There’s no doubt that I will walk in the rain again in high spirits, like those of “Singing in the Rain,” and the experience will be different.

Moving On.

When do we know when it’s time to move away from a particular place or situation?  I was interested in the response of Don Henley, in “The Last Word,” interview in Men’s Journal, October, 2015.  (Henley interview by Sean Woods).

His answer to the question, “How do you know when it’s time to say goodbye to something?” is “When it no longer contributes to you or you no longer contribute to it.  Your intuition will tell you, if you listen.”

Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Wake Forest University Theatre.  J.K. Curry (Associate Professor and Department Chair), director.  September 27, 2015.

The theme of this classic drama is that daily, ordinary events are cosmically, divinely important.  As Curry states in the program notes, “Wilder invites us to pay attention, notice that our lives unfold through our daily interactions with family and community, and appreciate our time on earth, however brief.”

Curry was faithful to the script, no embellishments or changes, and the production was thus effective and moving.

I particularly enjoyed, and was moved by, the scene in the second act when Emily and George, in high school, realize that they are meant for each other.  George (Clint Blumenberg) and Emily (Alexa Erb), played the scene with genuine feeling and understanding, and their realizations were projected to the audience with sincerity and power.

I enjoyed the competent performance of Philip Kayser as Stage Manager, who conducts the audience through the scenes of the play, and the minor character, Mrs. Soames, played with enthusiasm and charm by Hayleigh Carroll.

I never tire of this play, and I thank the Wake Forest Theatre Department for entertaining and inspiring me with this first-rate production.

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Retired high school English and French teacher.
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