November 5th, 2011

Christmas polar bear, winter


I wore my coat and gloves tonight for the first time in a couple years, if you can believe that! For a few years there, my internal temperature was way out of whack, always much warmer than everyone else around me, so other people would all be wearing coats, and I'd go out in a t-shirt and flip-flops.

But the past several months, my body seems to be reacting to the outside temps pretty much the same as everyone else. And tonight was quite cold for the East Bay. I actually bought these gloves (which are made of very colorful stripes, which is why I bought them) about 3 years ago, but tonight I wore them for the first time. I was very excited to finally have occasion to put them on, and kept holding my hands out in front of me so I could admire them.

The reason we were out in the cold this evening was that Shannon and I went over to the Elmwood area tonight to see the Berkeley Playhouse's production of the musical Annie, a play I saw several times as a child, both in live performances (I believe this was actually the first professional play I ever saw) and in the 1982 film (with Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks, Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan, the amazingly wonderful Tim Curry as Rooster, and Bernadette Peters in a small role as Rooster's ho-bag girlfriend).

The movie came out when I was 12, and my mom and I saw it together a couple times in the theaters. As a result, I know many of the songs quite well (though I don't remember ever hearing the bitterly sarcastic "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover" song, which didn't really feel like it fit with the tone of the rest of the story anyway) and the play holds quite a bit of nostalgia for me, and so I I knew I'd enjoy seeing this new production of it.

Indeed, I had a great time, and Shannon liked it a lot, too. I highly recommend that local folks check it out. As with the other Berkeley Playhouse production we saw (Seussical), the audience leaned heavily toward the under-10 crowd, but most of them were well-behaved. If you've got kids, though, this is a great way to show them some theater without worrying about disturbing the people around you, because the Berkeley Playhouse is extremely kid-friendly. Also, the cast (at least of the two plays I've seen here) tends to include a lot of kids, also, so it's probably more fun for kids than your average theater experience. Hey, even if you don't possess your own kidlings, or particularly seek out opportunities to hang with those belonging to other people, go check it out! Fear not the children! They most likely will not bite you!