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13 April 2008 @ 09:11 am
So the hubby-less count is down to just three days!  
I can't believe that Mark will be coming home on Tuesday! :) It seems like he's been gone forever! :P

On the "keeping busy" front, Susan and I went out to eat at KuruKuru (a conveyor-belt sushi place near my office) on Friday night. We had a great time (I gained about 5 pounds in the process, but oh well...) and got a great dose of girl-talk. :) It's always nice to see Susan and I really think we don't have our dinner nights as often as I'd like.

Last night, I took my Mom out for a nice dinner and then to see "Flower Drum Song" (my second time) at Diamond Head Theatre as an early Mother's Day celebration. We started off the evening at Assagios where we both had lovely marsala dishes (she had the chicken, I had the eggplant) and then went walking around Ala Moana looking at the Apple Store, Nordstrom, etc. Then we headed to Diamond Head Theatre to see the show.

My Mom LOVED it! She said it was really one of the best local productions she'd seen - and I have to agree. Since seeing the show back in March, I noticed more of a cohesiveness in the cast onstage... Which is why I usually love seeing a show near the beginning of its run, and then near its ending. I'm sure the cast (after working together for so long) had become very close OFF stage - which usually adds to the chemistry and performances ON stage. :)

The performances were incredible, the costumes were just stunning, and the choreography - beyond words! I have to mention "Fan Tan Fannie" which was probably the best choreographed and best executed dance sequence I have seen in any local production (and actually rivaled a few productions I'd seen in LA). Kathryn Mariko Lee and Kenji Higashihama (again) gave two of my favorite performances of the evening (as Linda Low and Harvard). Last night, too, I thought that Autumn Ogawa (who plays the lead - Wu Mei-Li) was exceptionally strong.

Usually I don't stay after the shows at local productions (since I usually don't know anyone in the cast), but I stayed a bit after the show last night so I could let a couple of people know what an amazing job I thought they did. Met both Kathryn and Kenji and they were just the nicest people! I know I rarely talk about local theatre, but I have to say that we have a lot of talent here locally and after seeing FDS, I've become much more excited about local theatre as a whole. I can't wait to see what's next! :)

Speaking of theatre, I have my May LA theatre schedule semi-planned:

Saturday, May 10th (mat): Miss Saigon at Redondo Beach (to see Misty!!)
Saturday, May 10th (eve): Oliver in Fullerton (to see Bets!!)
Sunday, May 11th (mat): Pest Control at NoHo Arts Center (they always have the greatest - edgy new works - saw "Lizard", "Ghost & Mrs. Muir," and "Dorian" there :))
Sunday, May 11th (eve):

If anyone is interested in meeting up for any of these shows while I'm in town, please let me know! I'd love to see all of you!! :)

I'm off to do more work on Kristi's site. :) Hope you all have a nice Sunday!
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zortranazortrana on April 13th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
I really enjoy reading your theater accounts. I used to go quite a bit, but have gotten out of the habit. I'm hoping you will inspire me to go more often.
It sounds like you had a lovely time with your Mom, too.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on April 14th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
My Mom and I had a great time!! :) I'm glad that she enjoyed the show so much! :) She was a bit shy, though and did lag behind and not want to meet anyone afterward... but that's her!
Daniel the California Highway Guy: playbillcahwyguy on April 13th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
That weekend, we have "Brain from Planet X" in La Palma on Saturday evening; Sunday afternoon we're seeing the last preview performance (it isn't on Goldstar) of "Pippin" being done at East/West Players. Should be interesting to see Pippin with the different cast mix.
Sheri: Kevin - It Came From Beyondshutterbug93 on April 14th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
Ah, yes... I did look into "Brain from Planet X" (sort of reminds me of "It Came From Beyond" - and I thought it might be something that you would want to see. :) "Pippin" should be great at EWP - I have a LJ friend who is the SM there - she'll be happy to hear that you're going. :)
msgrumpybearmsgrumpybear on April 13th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Eggplant marsala sounds divine. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on April 14th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
It was SOOOO great - though it had so much butter I felt myself gain weight with each bite (though it was worth it!) :D
Όμορφη καρδιάqueenstacey_25 on April 13th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
OH HOW I LOVE Japanese restaurants that have the food on the belt. Then you just pick what you want. We have one in Fresno that I miss dearly!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on April 14th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
Susan and I love conveyor belt sushi places!! :) KuruKuru mostly only has sushi (and sometimes not too many veggie-only things I can eat) but Genki (where we go often) has a lot more selection in terms of non-sushi things. We used to have a place called "Catch of the Day" which was really great (everything came around on little boats...) and they had a lot of NON-sushi items too - but they closed. :(
Όμορφη καρδιάqueenstacey_25 on April 14th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
That's a bummer. The one in Fresno has sushi and other things too! You can also order rolls you don't see out and other things as well from the chefs behind the belts and the people who work in the kitchen.

I miss that place. I'm in the mood for a Gold Rush and a bowl of Dynomite
Sabine: Micki Kaisergartensabine10 on April 13th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
I'm happy to hear that you had a great time with Susan and your Mom! Sometimes "keeping busy" can be nice, right? :) Big hugs to you, Sheri and I hope you have a nice Sunday!
Sheri: Mark & Sheri 013007shutterbug93 on April 14th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
It's been a great weekend - it's always nice to spend time with Susan and my Mom! :) I am looking forward to Mark coming home, though - he's been gone way too long! :P Hope you had a nice weekend, Sabine!! Big HUGS to you!!!
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Sheri: Mark & Sheri 1999shutterbug93 on April 14th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
Me too!! Haha!! :) :D

And I'm SOOOO excited about Mark coming home!!! 15 days is way too long - the next time, I have to hop on that plane with him -BIG boss will just have to understand. ;)
karmastyxkarmastyx on April 15th, 2008 06:47 am (UTC)
Maybe before your show in Long Beach, we can meet up and maybe you can meet the wee one if it's born by then. I'm hoping the baby will be here. LOL. Let me know.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on April 15th, 2008 06:54 am (UTC)
I'd SOOOO love that!! I hope the wee one makes its arrive by then too! :) You'll have to keep me posted! :)
(Anonymous) on July 7th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
DHT's Flower Drum Song
I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful comments about the show. The cast of FDS was very close, and had a very special bond. The show itself was an amazing experience, and our lead Autumn Ogawa, was really the heart of the production. We couldn't have done it without her. Too bad you weren't able to meet her after the show. Thanks for supporting theatre in Hawaii.