When the opera gets tough, the weak go bowling

It’s true: some of us had tickets for Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and watched The Big Lebowski instead. Again. We had seen it long ago in its first theatrical release. Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s appearance had been forgotten, though.

When Joe McClain was at ALO, we went to anything on the program, out of loyalty and remembrance of the days when he, Dr. Ducloux, and a young UT faculty member used to shepherd busloads of us leaving predawn from the Villa Capri and heading out for an opera performance in Dallas or Houston, returning to Austin close to midnight on a Sunday evening, with few hours to sleep before having to stagger out to work in the morning.

So it was Coen Brothers over Shostakovich, and it’s all for the best. But that doesn’t mean that we didn’t miss something at Bass Hall. There are still three days of performances remaining.

1 Comment so far

  1. Jonathon Morgan (unregistered) on January 9th, 2006 @ 3:52 pm

    Speaking of arts events in Austin, there’s an enormous fringe performance festival called Frontera Fest that’s just about to get started. The Yellow Tape Construction Co (my company) performs this Friday at Hyde Park Theatre, but there’s almost a dozen full-length shows and more than 100 one-acts all happening over the next five weeks at Hyde Park Theatre and Blue Theater. http://www.fronterafest.org

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