1. We have finished our run of The Man from Mukinupin
, to good reviews (including two independent reports of audients saying it was the best thing they'd ever seen at the Rep Club). The Rep Club's next production will be another Australian theatrical classic, the election-night drama Don's Party
. Nicely topical, as this is an election year -- and the production dates have worked out such that the final performance will actually be on election night.
2. The first weekend of this month was the WA Day long weekend, which is usually when we're away for the state band championships, but there were no states this year because of the Nationals being held here. So I got to do Not Much for most of the weekend, and on Monday I got together with the other local members of the family and we did Not Much together. That was nice.
3. I have been making the acquaintance of the two live-action film adaptations of The Phantom
: the 1943 film serial, which is pretty dopey but succeeds about as well as any 1940s film serial might reasonably be expected to, and the 1993 feature film, which is okay-ish and not really a success -- largely because for some reason it seems to be trying to be a 1940s film serial.
4. I was rather bemused to discover that I'm actually looking forward to Agents of SHIELD
, the upcoming TV series set in the fictional world of the Marvel superhero movies. Looking forward to upcoming TV series is not something I do much of, generally speaking. (Whether I will continue looking forward to it after I've seen an episode or two remains to be seen; it's being run by Joss Whedon, whom I sometimes have trouble taking in anything other than small doses.)
5. Meanwhile, a fanfic rec also set in the fictional world of the Marvel superhero movies: Exclusive
, whose "Victory Bonds" I've previously recced in this space).
In which the Avengers and their handlers decide they need to let the public know more about them, and invite a journalist to spend a fortnight living with them, learning their stories and watching them at work and at play. This is his story. Literally:
Sample:The rest of the meal is spent listening to Thor retell the story of the Battle of Manhattan between bites of food. He recites in what seems to be flawless iambic pentameter, but for a man whose chosen weapon is a hammer, there is a certain subtlety to his language. The story makes for good material, even for those who were there on the front lines. Hawkeye and Rogers listen raptly; Stark and Black Widow seem mostly amused. Potts murmurs with Banner from time to time. I wonder how often they're treated to Thor's epics."One time, he spent an hour recounting the saga of his first visit to a grocery store," Black Widow tells me in an undertone, once we've applauded the performance. "It's strangely compelling.""You could take that show on the road," I tell Thor, and he looks puzzled."Which road?" he asks. Thor's not from around here.