Cambridge isn't London, but it is most definitely a city of theatah
* A couple of nights ago, I treated myself to Henry V
at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, put on by one of the many University drama societies. This one was the Marlowe Society
, which sometimes produces really top-notch actors. You could totally see why, too. Henry V
took itself just a wee bit too seriously, as student productions tend to, and the set designer seemed to be a little too much in love with the fog machine, but the performance was fantastic. The funny bits were actually funny, the action was good, the actors clearly knew the play, and I thought it was brilliant to cast the shortest man in the group as Henry -- it really plays up his youth, especially in a cast full of people who are all pretty much the same age.
And now I see that the Corpus Playroom is going to be producing . . . a stage version of Cabin Pressure
, of all things! It's in March, and it doesn't look too expensive. I just might have to go and check it out.
In other news, I've been taking part in a set of choral workshops in London, and it's been an amazing time. There is nothing like showing up and getting to sing all day, especially when you get a second crack at something showy like Louis Lewandowski's "Hallelujah,"
which is his setting of Psalm 150. We did it in my local Jewish choir this fall, and now we're doing it in the London workshops. Fabulous chance to sing this piece again, with the original Ashkenazi lisp, too. (In Cambridge, we sang with Sephardi pronunciation, which I have to admit that I kind of prefer for singing. But Lewandowski did write the piece for Ashkenazi pronunciation, and there's something to be said for trying it out his way.)
*As opposed to "the-ay
-ter," which is much less Klassy.