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catching up on the first morning of a lovely three-day weekend
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Hi, everybody!

I'm temping at a place that has blocked access to gmail and many other websites (though not John Finnemore's blog, on which I'm all caught up), so I'm feeling very out of the loop. I've been meaning to make a post in any case, but this will have to be short(ish) because I want to spend today making edits to my casestory fic.

So - in the past few weeks I've seen two plays: Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart and Christopher Fry's The Lady's Not for Burning. Both were outstanding. TNH is about the first days of the AIDS crisis in New York City, and as such is terribly hard to sit through without feeling battered. The actors are superb, particularly Joe Mantello in the lead role of Ned Weeks. There are some fangirl faves in the cast as well - Luke MacFarlane (though he's barely in it), Jim Parsons, and Lee Pace. I don't know The Big Bang Theory except through fannish osmosis, but Jim Parsons is clearly tremendously talented and brings definite flair to the campiest role of "southern bitch." And Lee Pace - my reason for going - is lovely as Bruce Niles, absolutely tortured by maintaining his professional demeanor when there are fears and doubts coming to the forefront of his mind. On a shallower note, and to quote Casey McCall, Lee stands out physically from the rest of the cast, standing at least half a head taller than the rest and being the only one who's always in a suit (usually without a jacket, just waistcoat and pants, mmmmm), and his legs go all the way to the ground.

TLNFB was played in a much smaller venue, which suited the text. I'd never seen a Christopher Fry play before, and I found the language very appealing. There were definitely some performances I believed over others, but the three hours moved quickly and I kept finding fic titles in the dialogue (I need to get a copy of the text).

Um, what else? I got tenaciousmetoo to watch the first three eps of Pushing Daisies and went home and watched the rest myself. Man, I miss that show terribly. I decided to indulge my nostalgia by rereading the Mordant's Need two-book series - I adore how complicated the plot is, and how justified all of those complications turn out to be. I had a series of dinners with lovely people this week. I booked tickets to see Third Star with other lovely people, and I'm very much looking forward to that.

I still haven't watched the season finale of Supernatural and I missed about five episodes of Castle (though I did watch the finale because it got such strong responses from my flist). I finished Chuck, which I'm still very fond of without feeling as bound up in it as I was through the first three seasons; I'm glad they know what their end date is, and they should be able to wrap things up satisfactorily. And I am all caught up on my two favorite shows, Community (though I missed one ep somewhere along the way) and The Good Wife. People, if you're not watching these two, I highly recommend that you start. I've been watching both since the beginning, and it's been a joy watching the characters - and the shows themselves - grow and develop and become surprising.

And today is my day to catch up on my flist and work on my fic for casestory. I got such smart, thought-provoking comments from my three betas on that fic, and I want the finished story to justify their hard work. Plus I'm very fond of the story myself. Case fic is hard for me to write, so I was both excited and intimidated by the challenge; I know I can't wait to read the other fics to come out (multifandom, posting starts June 10). My posting date is June 17, and my artist is a composer, so I'm intensely curious about what she'll produce too - it should be amazing. And then I need to turn back to my holmes_big_bang draft, currently at 4200 words - I'm finally writing that John-and-Vee story I keep alluding to in other pieces.

And it's gorgeous out - low 80s, breezy, and bright. I hope you all are having a lovely weekend, and I'd love to hear how you're doing.

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I love The Lady's Not for Burning - I think I still have a cassette recording of a radio version of it, unless it suffered one of my clearouts. Glad you enjoyed your theatre experiences so much!

No, I didn't - thank you for the link!

And now I want to read lots of Christopher Fry - the language was so striking. I can imagine the play doing very well on the radio.

Lee Pace has been brilliant in the few things in which I've seen him, but I've never seen him live!

My top three Lee Pace roles (in no particular order - they're all tied) are Ned the Piemaker in Pushing Daisies, Calpernia in Soldier's Girl, and Roy Walker in The Fall. Have you seen all of those? Tell me what you love him in!

He's super cute onscreen, but live, he's just GORGEOUS. I can totally believe that story that Amy Adams told of having to send him out of the room while she did a scene for Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day because his hotness was distracting her from across the room!

I haven't seen Soldier's Girl. I first noticed Lee Pace in Wonderfalls, where he was a fairly minor character (Jaye's brother Aaron) but really stood out in my mind for what he did in the scenes he had. (Have you seen that? I loved that show. I was crushed when it was canceled.) Of course we watched Pushing Daisies because of his performance in the earlier Bryan Fuller show, and The Fall and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day because by then we were tremendously impressed with him. (I am blessed with a husband who shares my enthusiasms for certain shows and actors.)

I hadn't heard that Amy Adams had to send him out of a room!

Oh, and you know Lee Pace has been cast as Elven King Thranduil in The Hobbit, right? (Found a random blog entry about the casting here; there are lots of news items, but they're mostly brief notices with a sentence or two.)

I did know that because there are apparently some hardcore LoTR fangirls on my flist! I was going to see the films anyway because of Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage, but now that Lee and Stephen Fry and Benedict Cumberbatch have joined, I might even stand in line for them!

I did see him in Wonderfalls, where his character seemed to have a crippling shirt-button allergy. The ep where they chase their maid to Canada, and he's trying to figure out if his sister really can be listening to the cow creamer, is a personal favorite.

The Fall is quite possibly my favorite movie ever.

I think everyone should see Soldier's Girl, but you have to be prepared to sob. He plays a lovely character named Calpernia, a former military man who's living her life as a woman when she falls in love with a young male soldier. He makes a stunning woman - the word "wasp-waisted" could have been coined just for him - and he's so young and soft-faced and vulnerable-looking.

The Amy Adams thing - see here.

Oh, that interview clip is adorable!

Yeah, I'd heard that Soldier's Girl is a multi-hanky movie, and . . . I have enough trouble coping with everyday life (which is funny, because I actually have a really good life). I usually try to avoid movies that I know will make me cry. (Away from Her with Gordon Pinsent left me totally wrecked for most of a day.)

COMMUNITY! What did you think of the finale?

That finale was amazing! I liked the first part better than the second, but there was nothing bad about any of it. I especially appreciated the Annie/Abed and the fact that Britta and Shirley - especially Shirley - got to shine. And Dean Pelton is possibly the greatest secondary character ever.

How about you?

I loved the first part - Annie was an incredible badass and it hit every single one of the spaghetti western images from my childhood.

Whoever said that wasn't eating my beans.

Lucky I am armed. Because here I am. Eating your beans.

No Gmail? D: That's evil!

Where I used to work they were blocking LJ - they started with primitive methods, easy to circumvent for those who know some basic network stuff, and then became really proficient, but never did they dare block popular webmail platforms.

And then, after a long time, there were only banned keywords that would completely block a page - and none of the methods of circumventing it worked, because even with a proxy, if the word is there, that's that. Amazingly (or not), blocking out "sex" and "porn" made my LJ flist unreachable on most days. *g*

Yeah, the no gmail thing really threw me for a loop - I've become so dependent on it. Automatic notifications for job openings, building stuff, emails from out-of-town friends and family - not accessible during work hours. The firm is a financial firm, and it seems they decided to block all email sites so that no one could send or receive insider info, but with the advent of smartphones and texting, that's hardly a foolproof solution. What they should do is unblock email and make me happy. Clearly.

Clearly, what they *will* do next is... ban people from bringing their smartphones. >.< Well, not really, I hope, but some people need to be hit with a clue bat to learn that we *are* living in the future.

I would feel entirely cut-off from the world without at least email! D:

Oh, they had just better not! Though, really, I am only temping, and surely I'd be out of there before any such heinous measures were enacted.

Off-topic, but aww, how did I miss that you're also (or were?) into Chuck? I've stopped watching after the end of season 2, though I sort of keep wanting to come back, but not as a priority.

(I don't have a Chuck icon though, Bryce as Neal will have to do. ;) )

I adore Chuck, though I do feel like they had a natural ending to the story halfway through season 4, and should have stopped there. But I'll also say that I don't know what I'm going to do once Sarah Walker isn't on my TV anymore - she's one of my favorite characters ever.

Jim Parsons! Mordant's Need! The Good Wife! I approve very much of your recent activities. :D

I don't know how much patience I'd have for TBBT, but Jim Parsons is clearly a true talent. And oh, man, did The Good Wife kick it up like seven notches, or what?

I love Jim Parsons just for existing. I'm wildly jealous that you got to see him on stage.

I am shamefully several eps behind in TGW, but I look forward to catching up. One of the best shows I've ever watched, no question.

JP is the only comic relief in a very sad-making play, and he can do things with a hip-cock that are surely at a post-doctorate in comedy level.

Oh yes, those hips speak multiple languages. UNF.

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