April 5th, 2016

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Identical Cousins and Stabs Through the Arras

The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament deserves its own write-up, so here is the other stuff I’ve been up to.

Celebrity Death Watch: Ken Howard was an actor and served as president of SAG. His most significant role, in my opinion, was as Thomas Jefferson in 1776. Joe Garagiola was a baseball player turned sportscaster. Garry Shandling was a comedian. Winston Mosely killed Kitty Genovese.

Patty Duke was an actress whose TV show was a big influence on my youth. Specifically, I wanted to be the sophisticated cousin, Cathy, who had lived most everywhere.

Weather Whining: It is April. It is not supposed to be this cold. They are even talking about some snow potential for this coming weekend.

Ballet – Hamlet: I went with a friend to see the Washington Ballet production of Hamlet on Thursday night. Given that this was to a score by Philip Glass, I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised that it was too modern in style for my tastes. (The choreography is by Stephen Mills). I do think Brooklyn Mack, who danced the lead, is an excellent dancer, but that wasn’t enough to make up for the whole thing being somewhat incoherent. Admittedly, about all I remembered of the plot (which I read back in high school) is that everyone gets stabbed. Well, that, and (thanks to Adam McNaughton) "Hamlet, Hamlet, acting balmy. Hamlet, Hamlet, loves his mommy." At the end, I turned to my friend and said, "I was wrong. Some people get poisoned instead."

Bottom line is that maybe I am a lowbrow Patty, not a highbrow Cathy, after all.