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Happy accident

I had tickets to see Buyer and Cellar starring Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie earlier this month, but work intervened and I missed the performance.

The Barrow Theatre allows make ups, so I went today…but it turns out Urie left the show 10 days ago. That might have been a bummer except…

Christopher J. Hanke is the new lead.

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I first saw Hanke in a supporting role in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. Even as the lead rotated between Daniel Radcliffe, Darren Criss and Nick Jonas, Hanke’s strong physical comedy differentiated him from the ensemble.

Buyer and Cellar is essentially a monologue, and Hanke owns the stage from start to finish. His characterizations of
Barbra Streisand are spot on, as are his choices for when to involve the audience (and when to ignore their rudeness).

I am so happy life delayed my attendance!

Eye on the prize

Man — it’s really foggy at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio…

golf course

 

Guys, just watch March Madness like the rest of the country!

Decisions, decisions

Earlier this evening a friend on Facebook posted the challenge:  “Favorite three TV shows of all time”  –

Go.

At first glance, I thought it an easy question.  Then I noticed the comments were few in number; many people had only listed one or two shows instead of the requested three.

After spending some time on the topic, now I understand why.

west wingMy first favorite was immediate and top of mind: The West Wing.  From episode one until the the drama drew its last breath, I was one of its biggest fans and most vocal supporters.  It’s what television — and government, for that matter — should be.

Jed Bartlet is still my president.

cheersMy second choice is more of a sentimental favorite.  I wrote my television programming  paper on Cheers as a freshman in college and rightly predicted that it was a comedy that had long legs.

I also watched Cheers — perhaps not with the same religious fervor as West Wing — but until its end.  And it was way cool to eventually live just a few blocks from the Boston bar that served as its inspiration.

My third choice was the hardest one. I watch a lot of television, a lot of great television — House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad –
but I decided, if I was honest, I should choose the show that turned me into a schoolgirl fanatic:

downton_abbey_season2_Downton Abbey

I have the DVDs. And the hardback companion. And the bound scripts. And a couple of pictures on my office bulletin board.

Yeah, that probably qualifies as a favorite.

AMC advancement

In December, I registered a complaint here and on Twitter about AMC Theatre’s brand new policy trailer.

amc theatresFeaturing their  ‘dot people,’ the short film has a bear eating cellphone dogs, and motorcyclists running over cattle.  It is weird and nonsensical (and obviously rather abusive to animals for no apparent reason).

A member of the AMC marketing department responded to my concerns on Twitter, which I appreciated.  And today I am happy to report  –

The policy trailer has been CHANGED!

The dot people are still the focus, but this time, two red balloons float from scene to scene, connecting the action.  It’s really very nice.  And no dot animals were harmed in the animation.

Thanks, AMC.

Quite a character

Character actor James Rebhorn died of melanoma on Friday.

I didn’t even know his name.

Every time I saw him in his more recent television work on Homeland and The Good Wife, or in films like The Box or Baby Mama, I always thought –

“Look — there’s Bradley Raines.

Raines was the first role that I ever saw Rebhorn portray.  Way back in 1984.  On my favorite soap of all time, The Guiding Light.

Bradley Raines was not a good guy.  A security guard for Spaulding Enterprises in Springfield, he blackmailed his boss. He beat his wife and raped his stepdaughter.  He eventually was thrown into prison and later a psychiatric hospital.

Raines was a soap character that you loved to hate…and Guiding Light kept bringing him back for seven years.  Rebhorn was creepy good.

I’ll miss Bradley Raines.

Fountain of youth

I’m as happy as a little girl!

Could it be because the Cats are going to the Sweet Sixteen?
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Yes, that is exactly why.

So cool

When I was walking through baggage claim tonight in Terminal C at LaGuardia, I noticed a little boy — four or to five years of age, I’m guessin? — who was closely examining the wall-mounted water fountain.

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His father stood patiently to one side as his son pushed the button again and again, seemingly fascinated by the stream of water he was summoning forth.

“That is so cool,” the boy said.

“It is really cool,” his dad replied.

And then we all smiled at each other and shared the moment, which was really cool, too.

Call for entries

I had new head shots made a couple of weeks ago, and while I had the photographer’s undivided attention, struck a couple of poses just for the fun of it.

Here’s my favorite.

CarlaCurtsinger2014_thumbsupMy friends will tell you this has become somewhat of a signature move for me (no matter how ill-advised).

I posted the shot on Facebook today and within minutes, one friend who has a talent for Photoshop quickly added his own editorial spin to the pic not once, but twice:

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(What can I say — the guy knows what I like.)

I welcome any other friends of The Egg to post your creations in the comments section. (Note I said ‘friends’…and I do moderate all comments.)

Can’t wait to give your creativity a big thumbs up!

Positivity

My JetBlue flight to San Diego today didn’t have WiFi, but it did have DirectTV, so I was able to catch the conference basketball tourney games enroute.

Score.

Kentucky wasn’t scheduled until later in the day, so I watched the Virginia/Florida State game.  And I was really impressed with Virginia coach Tony Bennett.

tony bennettApparently he was named the ACC Coach of the Year. Based on his sideline behavior alone, I am not surprised. Everything in his manner eminates positivity.

Don’t get me wrong — I am a huge fan of UK Coach Calipari. But I can’t remember ever seeing him high five the Cats when they head to the bench for a timeout after a particularly great play.  Or even see him smile.

Bennett does it a lot. With his players. With the refs. It makes a difference. I would work harder for that coach.

So, let’s give Cal something to smile about, Cats. It’s March — the best time of the year!

Ode to construction

I think there is a tiny flaw
in New York City’s book of law
that would allow a power saw
to whine outside my window —

All. Day. Long.

There is no where I can withdraw
from blades that whirr and gnash and gnaw.
To think I once enjoyed the thaw!
I miss the quiet of snow —

All. Day. Long.

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That loud screech was the final straw!
I’m headed uptown to the spa
where insane cackles (ha ha ha!)
don’t matter ’cause you glow…

All. Day. Long.