Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday Notes

Happy Friday, my lovelies.

It's a short week next week - I'm taking Monday off so that I can go home to the ol' Mitten and help my sister move home and Friday is the Fourth of July - so I figure if I can get through today it should be pretty smooth sailing for a at least a week and a half. I can put up with pretty much anything for three days. Even work!

I'm hoping that moving my sister's stuff out of her apartment will be easier than putting stuff into it. She's at the top of an old creepy Victorian ghost-house. Getting the futon up the rickety narrow stairwells was a particular pain in the ass.

This time, though, I figure I can push that kind of stuff down the stairs and let gravity do the work for me. Hope Ness isn't reading this....

As part of our cultural outreach program, Katie and I went to see the new play at Steppenwolf on Wednesday. It's called Superior Donuts, and was written by Tracy Letts.

Evidently Tracy Letts swept the Tony awards for his play August: Osage County. I hear it was life changing and that Tracy Letts is one of the greatest living American playwrights, etc. etc. Since I didn't actually see August: Osage County, I can't speak to that. Superior Donuts was solidly written, though, and pretty funny so I can see why people like him.

Michael McKean is in it too, which is a bonus. You know, the guy from This Is Spinal Tap. I hate to say it, but I was actually surprised at how good he was. I think my perception of the guy has always been colored by his stint on Saturday Night Live, where I wasn't too impressed, and though the Christopher Guest movies have gone a long way to roll that perception back, I guess I just never considered him to be a good grounded serious actor. But his performance in this was very nicely layered, funny but sweet.

Anyway, I would recommend seeing it if you get the chance.

Have a good weekend, friends.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Pat and I were walking downtown and we passed Michael McKean on the street. I didn't mean to stare but it was like, "Do I know that guy...?" And then Pat remembered he was in that play. We want to see it too. Pat saw August: Osage County in NY and enjoyed it.