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12 August 2006 @ 05:14 am
It was a hard day of traveling, but the good news is...  
...we made it safely to LA! :) All things considered, yesterday could've turned out to be a nightmare - travel-wise... What with the extra security measures at the airports now, my poor sleep deprived and travel-stressed hubby over-sleeping (causing us to get a VERY late start to the airport,) and our mistake of taking directions to our hotel from the woman at the AVIS car rental place (which took us 45 minutes out of our way in Friday rush hour traffic,) it was AMAZING that we were still able to make it to our 8pm evening show at the NoHo Arts Center last night... And, in fact, we JUST barely made it there - we literally stepped off the plane and headed to the theatre...

The show itself, "Lizard" was a show very similar to the style of show that I'm used to seeing at the NoHo Arts Center. I'd previously seen "Dorian" and "Ghost and Mrs. Muir" there and each of the shows were very well produced and professional, yet had a very dark and edgy quality to the productions. NoHo seems to produce shows without "white-washing" it, like some other theatres do - I could just imagine seeing them doing a very dark and edgy version of "Side Show" there...

"Lizard" ended up being a very heartfelt and heartwarming show. The story is about a physically deformed boy (who they call Lizard) in the 1970's who is mistakenly placed into a state institution by the woman who cares for him. He was told his father passed away and never had any knowledge of his mother. At the institution he meets a pair of traveling actors in a troupe, passing through the area on their way to star in a production of the "Tempest". He runs away with them and in the process meets a couple of parentless teenagers who live by themselves in the woods.

The first act (though only an hour and 15 minutes) seemed to really plod along, seemingly with no real sense of purpose - the people he meets, though interesting, never seem to have a connection to the storyline as a whole. The second act, however is MUCH better and not only ties all the storylines together, but also sheds some light on Lizard's whole living situation before being sent to the the institution. The second act is moving, touching and really a beautiful commentary about the need and desire we all have to fit in and be accepted.

The cast was wonderful... James Barbour (who I'd previously seen in "Ghost & Mrs. Muir" at NoHo last summer) was great as Callahan, the gruff, aging actor who takes Lizard under his wing and David Eldon is very touching as Lucius or "Lizard" and really gives a heartbreaking portrayal. The one thing about the NoHo Arts Center is that, due to the size of the theatre, the actors are not mic'd - therefore there is a HUGE disparity in the the sound of their voices. I loved the acting of everyone in the cast, however, some singers were noticably stronger than others. David Eldon probably gives one of the most heartbreaking and endearing performances that I've seen recently, and though his vocals are not as strong as some of the other members of the cast, it seems to work for Lucius' rather subdued and timid nature. All in all, we ended up really liking the show. :)

Today we're planning on hitting the mall and other places we need to go to in the area (I'm looking at possibly picking up a small portable dvd player since I've been using my computer's dvd drive to death on these trips and it's really wearing it out...) and Mark wants to look at some stores Good Guys, etc. that we don't have back home. :) Then tonight we're heading to Arcadia to see Kevin in concert with the Philharmonic orchestra (Woo!) So it should be a good day. :) Hope you're all having a nice weekend! :D *HUGS*
 
 
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Daniel the California Highway Guycahwyguy on August 12th, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC)
Well, if you're in the area (i.e., you decide to go shopping at the Northridge Mall... we're only 2 blocks or so away) before 2pm and want to stop by, feel free. YOu have my cell; right now I only plan to leave to go help Karen return the rental car (her car had a engine computer failure on Thursday). I'll be cleaning the house and packing for our trip, and getting ready for a Bar Mitzvah fiasco this evening.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 13th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
Sorry I didn't get to see this earlier! :( We had a pretty busy day yesterday - basically rushing around trying to get all of our shopping done before the concert. :) Thanks so much for the invite, though! :)
Rachelreelcowgirl on August 12th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you guys managed to get through the incredible stress of traveling by air these days, and that the show turned out to be very good in the end. I like when that happens, because it's nice to be surprised when you think things may not turn out very well. So have fun at the Kevin concert tonight! Sounds like a perfect day for you guys. I am having a lovely, weekend, as well. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 13th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks SO MUCH, Rachel!! :) The show turned out to be MUCH better than we expected - that second act was just beautiful! :D The Kevin concert was just splendid too. :) Glad to hear that your weekend is so wonderful!! Big *HUGS* to you!!
Care: laura's chubby handscareleswhisper on August 12th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you both made it there safely and that it wasn't as much of a nightmare for you two. *BIGHUGS* Enjoy the rest of your trip! :D
Sheri: Mark & Sheri 1999shutterbug93 on August 13th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Carrie! Actually, the security and lines weren't really all that bad at our airport. I think it helped that we left out of the inter-island terminal. I know going home will be VERY bad, though. :P
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on August 12th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad that you both reached safely LA and that the show turned out to be nice at the end. :) Wish you a wonderful weekend! And big *hugs* to you, Sheri! :)
Sheri: Familyshutterbug93 on August 13th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks Sabine!! The show ended up being extremely touching!! We both ended up really liking it! :D Big *HUGS* to you!!
karen: gavin creelwakedistracted on August 12th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you made it there safely! Have a wonderful weekend together!! :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 13th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks SO MUCH, Karen!! We're having a really wonderful time. :D Big *HUGS* to you!!
karmastyxkarmastyx on August 13th, 2006 08:36 am (UTC)
Glad you made it there safe! :) Have fun!
Sheri: Mark & Sheri 1999shutterbug93 on August 13th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Laura!!! We're having a great time!! :D
ajayne on August 13th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
Glad you made it safely to LA! I hope the rest of your trip goes wel. :)
Sheri: Familyshutterbug93 on August 13th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Andrea!! We're having such a great time!! :D