March 2017

March flew by.  Matt was sick for a few weeks.  I avoided it.  Mostly it was the routine of life.  There were some highlights.

Matt’s Birthday – On Matt’s Birthday we went to Garrison for dinner.  This is a restaurant we had not tried before.  It has some good reviews so we figured, why not?  They were offering a special smorgasbord and with it they were serving Aquavit (Scandinavian moonshine) which is our downfall. We had a snort. In most restaurants these days, appetizers can be the size of what I consider an entree. So I stuck with appetizers.  The hands down favorite was the chicken liver parfait–chicken liver pate with kumquats.  Delish.  I also had a cheese plate and bison tartare which was surprisingly bland.  Matt had the rabbit tagliatelle entree.  At the end of the evening, I was feeling giddy with good food so I asked for another aquavit.  That was a mistake.  I had a pretty good headache the next day.

Then we went to Obelisk, another restaurant we had always wanted to try, with Matt’s mom.  This is a fixed menu, many courses affair.  The menu changes everyday but it is Italian based food.  We had a cheese plate which was yummy.  We had several appetizers, small tasting plates which disappeared before I could even record them.  I had a mushroom agnolotti, home made pasta of course.

The White Snake – We love the playwright, Mary Zimmerman. She is an imaginative writer and creator who uses stories, folk tales and Greek myths and turns them into great theater.  We have seen Argonautika, Metamorphoses, and Arabian Nights.  A few years ago, we went to Chicago to see her adaptation of The Jungle Book (which just did not work for us.)  So when we see her name as writer, director, creator, we are there.

This play, the White Snake, is based on a Chinese folk tale.  As explained on the Center Stage website:  Originating from the ancient Chinese fable, The White Snake tells the story of animal spirits White Snake and Green Snake, who take human form as a beautiful woman and her sly servant. White Snake soon falls passionately in love with a poor pharmacist’s assistant, but their relationship is reviled by a conservative monk and tragedy lurks behind their newfound happiness.”  Zimmerman told the tale in a modern way, bringing in all kinds of magic with costumes, lighting and music.  Even puppets.  The snakes were played by women who worked with puppets to portray the writhing snakes.  Overall, it was a good play.  Not her greatest work, but it was interesting and that is what we always we expect from her–to be entertained with a good story with words and sets and portrayals that bring out the joy of the story.


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