In winter  I get up at night

A Child's Garden of Verses

And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way
I have to go to bed by day.

~Robert Louis Stevenson

 

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Genderbending Like Nobody’s Business

Thoughts on Theatre

Was lucky enough to catch one of my favorites, Alan Cumming, in his tour de force performance as every single character in Macbeth.

Set in an insane asylum, we find our haggard, somewhat lucid hero being led into his new cell by two doctors and kicking off the 90 min monologue with “When shall we three meet again?”

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Out of all the characters he embodies, Cumming’s Lady M is absolutely revelatory. Seductive, manipulative, controlled and vicious, he brings new life to Macbeth’s power-hungry wife.

Thankfully, NYT documented a glimpse of this performance in the video below:

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Meimei-an, a haven of tea culture

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Anne Frank was born June 12, 1929

“Look at how a single candle

can both defy and define the darkness.”

— Anne Frank, The Diary of Young Girl

 
Anne Frank

Anne Frank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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June is National Rose Month

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name;
And for that name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.

Rosa cv 'Golden Celebration', ER, David Austin...

Rosa cv ‘Golden Celebration’, ER, David Austin (1992), at the English Rose garden of Ofusa-Kannon (temple) Ousa Kashihara, Nara, Japan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

— Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene II, by William Shakespeare

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Speaking of Ben Johnson…

There is a wonderfully entertaining film inspired by Jonson’s Volpone. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, The Honey Pot is a witty mystery with a stellar cast including Rex Harrison, Cliff Robertson, Maggie Smith, Susan Hayward, Capucine, and Edie Adams.

An illustration for an 1898 edition of Volpone...

An illustration for an 1898 edition of Volpone by Aubrey Beardsley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The full movie is available for free on IMDB courtesy of Hulu:

The Honey Pot – full movie

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Happy Birthday, Ben Johnson!

English dramatist, poet, and actor Ben Jonson was born in Westminster, London, England, The United Kingdom on June 01, 1572.

Drink today, and drown all sorrow;
You shall perhaps not do it tomorrow;
Best, while you have it, use your breath;
There is no drinking after death.”

English: English playwright, poet, and actor B...

English: English playwright, poet, and actor Ben Jonson (1572-1637) by George Vertue (1684-1786) after Gerard van Honthorst (1590-1656) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 ― Ben Jonson

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