Thursday, May 17, 2007

Who Could Ever Bear to Leave?

Tonight, we saw Grey Gardens. This was my fourth time to visit the mansion on Broadway. It is absolutely richer than ever. When Edie asks, "Who could ever bear to leave?" I always want to call out, "Not me!" It's no wonder that it has garnered ten Tony nominations, with its classic theatrical arc and story. Mary Louise Wilson is just absolutely wonderful and natural as Big Edie. I don't believe there is anybody sweeter or more endearing on stage right now. Christine Ebersole continues to amaze. The depth that she has found in the character of Little Edie is astonishing. Her comic timing is wonderfully entertaining, but when she takes me with her on Little Edie's painful journey, I cannot help but feel a deep well of emotion. I cannot imagine that these actresses will not win the Tonys they so deserve.

The stage door bonus was finally receiving Mary Louise's autograph. I took along my playbill of the 1974 revival of Gypsy. Mary Louise played Tessie Tura and was Angela Lansbury's understudy for Momma Rose. She did get to go on once or twice. When I asked her to sign the playbill, she said, "Oh Gypsy! I just saw my pal Angela today."

We had pre-show dinner at Pigalle (mmmm, foie gras and frites) where we saw Christopher Innvar who's currently playing "File" in 110 in the Shade, as well as half the cast of Spring Awakening having dinner with their musical director Kim Grigsby. After the show, I was entertained on the bus ride uptown by Gary Beach, who, by the way, is doing great.

4 comments:

of the kosmos said...

I was looking at the Whole Foods web site and saw foie gras (well, misspelled "fois gras") on its list of "unacceptable food ingredients." I discovered that foie gras has been banned in California and in Chicago, and in a number of countries. I had no idea! I've lived in Paris all year and not once have I dined on this dish--I've never liked it. After reading this, I'm certain I won't try it again...

This is from goveg.com:

THE PAIN AND SUFFERING OF FOIE GRAS
Foie gras, French for "fatty liver," is made from the grotesquely enlarged livers of male ducks and geese. The birds are kept in tiny wire cages or packed into sheds. Pipes are repeatedly shoved down the birds' throats, and up to 4 pounds of grain and fat are pumped into their stomachs two or three times every day. The pipes puncture many birds' throats, sometimes causing the animals to bleed to death. This cruel procedure causes the birds' livers to become diseased and swell to up to 10 times their normal size. Many birds become too sick to stand up. The birds who survive the force-feeding are killed, and their livers are sold for foie gras. Learn more about investigations of foie gras factory farms.

People around the world have spoken out against the cruelty of foie gras. In 2004, California passed a law banning the sale and production of foie gras effective in 2012, and Chicago banned the sale of this cruel product in 2006. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI denounced force-feeding as being in violation of Biblical principles, and foie gras production has been outlawed in the U.K., Germany, the Czech Republic, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, and Israel.

of the kosmos said...

OK I could have done without the bit about the pope and the bible...

SarahB said...

People are above the animals. Animals are for food.

litwit said...

I hear you and all, but I love fois gras. Nothing about eating is pretty.