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thank you & theater
lost in your eyes, so many different directions, i believe in love, bellissimo mon amour
Hi, everybody!

I know I don't use my lj as a place to talk about all the things that happen in my life - I'm not consistent enough with posting - but I wanted to make a space to talk briefly about something that just happened. On Saturday, a really ugly fannish/personal situation occurred that upset me greatly. I didn't post about it when it happened and I don't want to get into it now because I have no interest in naming names or raking things over again, but here's what I do want to say: to all of you who reached out to me and made sure I felt supported and safe, thank you so much. It's really extraordinary, that we've built this community of people who will go out of their way to help each other out, and I'm so pleased that I'm part of it. You're fantastic.

And there are awesome things happening all the time, like doing favors for friends and catching up on stuff that makes you happy. I spent a recent weekend addressing envelopes for my BFF's wedding (I can fake calligraphy and he and his fiancee both have atrocious penmanship) while we ate delicious snacks and watched Northanger Abbey and North & South and Pushing Daisies (BFF stayed for the first, skipped the second, and returned for the third). I've got dinner with some awesome fangirls happening in less than a week. I'm reading some fascinating books and rereading some favorites. I keep jotting down notes for my next long Sherlock fic and I've started both my story for sherlock_remix and a birthday story for a friend. I've left prompts for oxoniensis's latest Porn Battle. I've perfected the recipe for a delicious lemon-blueberry cake that doesn't require eggs. And there's always theater!

A few weeks ago, I saw Stick Fly, which I enjoyed a lot, and then Million Dollar Quartet, which needed more story to go along with the music. And then last night I saw Seminar and was about ten feet away from Alan Rickman doing his best sneery intellectual. He was magnificent. Actually, the whole production was really cooking - every person on stage (Lily Rabe, Hettienne Park, Hamish Linklater, Jerry O'Connell) was sharp and focused - but then again, I have a weakness for stories about storytelling (I think everyone should read Wonder Boys and watch The Fall). The show explored some really interesting ideas, all in ninety minutes. (Only a few people on my flist will get why this amused me, but the two male students in the play are named Douglas and Martin; no prizes for guessing which one suffered from a lack of confidence and which one was just a touch pompous.) In the next few weeks, I'll be seeing four more shows (War Horse, A Man of No Importance, Total Bent, and Porgy and Bess) and then I think I'll cool it for a while until it gets warmer. Though I did note that the National Theatre production of One Man, Two Guvnors is coming soon (was it worth seeing?), and I do still want to see Other Desert Cities and Wit.

Off to clean the apartment (got a friend spending the weekend at my place) and make some dinner. How are you guys doing?

I'm so sorry you had horrid stuff happen on Saturday - if you do need to talk about it or anything, I'm here!

As for One Man, Two Guvnors, BOOK IT! I started laughing about ten minutes in, and I was literally crying with laughter by the interval. It's worth getting there early too, for the skiffle band that plays beforehand - they're rather charming. Funniest play of the year, possibly that I've ever seen.

You're a darling. And it was really your opinion on OMTG that I wanted - I couldn't remember if you'd seen it or not, but I had a hunch you had. Thanks!

For whatever happened on Saturday, *hugs*. But all of the theatre-going sounds wonderful.

Thank you, honey. Hugs are very nice.

Yes, the theater is fantastic! Though it is putting quite a dent in my bank account!

That icon!

You always seem to have so much love to give, Dei - I really admire that about you. Thank you, honey.

*hugs for whatever happened on Saturday* I don't know what happened, but I do hope you're safe!

Hee, surprise Douglas and Martin in random plays!

Thank you, sugar! All is well, I think.

Yes, when Martin - adorably stumbling Martin - was introduced and was sharply contrasted with the other guy, all I could think was, "It would be perfect if his name were Douglas." And then it was!

♥ ♥ ♥

Would it cheer you up to know that as I was writing my latest SPN fic, your 2006 classic Vocabulary was much on my mind?

That does make me happy, thank you! I need to catch up on this season of the show and get back into reading fics, since there are so many talented people still writing in the fandom.

I'm sorry about whatever it was that happened. Fandom can be so suckish, and then responds by being so awesome. It balances out favourably usually I think.

I saw "War Horse" when I was in London for my sister's wedding. Oh my. The puppets are absolutely unbelievably believable. I loved it. I thought the story was a little sentimental etc, but I didn't care a bit, the magic of the puppets was so beautiful. I cried... several times. Once just about how beautiful the foal was.

I hope you like it!

Yeah, fandom represents extremes, but you're right that the good usually far outweighs the bad.

I was actually thinking of you when I booked my War Horse ticket, because you'd put up a behind-the-scenes vid in your journal a long time ago and then praised the puppetry. I will report back!

Sorry for whatever happened over the weekend—but I'm glad you got support, and I hope that it's all resolved now .

Ten feet from Alan Rickman? Pardon me a moment—I'm going to go off in a corner and be very jealous.

The Fall? The movie with Lee Pace? From which my icon came (assuming LJ is showing the right icon)? I thought Brilliant Husband and I were almost the only people in the world to see it!

Yes, things are proceeding nicely now - thank you!

And I nearly swallowed my tongue when I saw how close to the stage my seat was, and how very often the cast clustered near my seat. That VOICE in person is amazing.

I adore The Fall! Did you know there's fic for it? I adore how the story gets complicated by the negotiations between Roy and Alexandria.

*sends you about a billion hugs* You are entirely too awesome to be subjected to anything nasty in fandom. I hate that it happened to you.

Every time I see your name, my face looks like this icon. You are a ray of sunshine, truly.

ugh! I'm so sorry whatever happened to you on Sat. happened! very glad you got support and felt safe! *lots of hugs*

Thank you, sugar!

I might have something for you to beta soon, if you wouldn't mind?

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Thank you very much - comments are not necessary, of course, but it's nice to know you're getting some fun out of the things I put up.

I will of course post a review for you - and if you want a fuller report on anything else I've seen (click the "theater" tag), just let me know.

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*hugs and best wishes* I know I don't know you all that well, but I love your writing and I'm so glad you're a part of fandom with all of us. You seem like a lovely person, and I hope you keep on enjoying everything out there that makes you happy. I always enjoy reading your posts.

I don't know you very well either, but I am bucked up whenever I see your name, because I know I'll get to read something that's smart and kind. Thank you so much!

I'm sorry something bad happened. Let me know if you need to talk.

Sounds like you have many wonderful things going on, and how exciting that you're getting to see so many plays. <3

Thank you, sugar! I'll see you on Wednesday!

I'm glad that even when you were dealing with the worst of fannish+RL intersections, the best appeared to shore you up. *hugs*


That's a very apt way to put it - and thank you!


But... you're too awesome for someone to pull whatever it was that happened! I am so sorry. (I have my face of "DOES NOT COMPUTE!" on.)

The AWESOME things sound awesome, though. (Douglas! Martin!)

Hee, I adore that you'd whip out your DOES NOT COMPUTE face for this! Thank you so much, sugar!