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  • 10 ears of corn
  • two pounds of summer squash
  • two and a half pounds of pickling cukes
  • half a pound of carrots
  • a pound of tiny red onions
  • four Asian eggplants
  • two bunches of flat leaf green kale (traded for more eggplant, since I had another bunch still at home)
  • three pounds of heirloom tomatoes
  • three pounds of field tomatoes
  • five large green peppers
  • six ounces of oyster mushrooms
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(What happened to week 9? I was away, and a friend picked up, so I have less complete info than usual:
carrots (lots!)
swiss chard (yellow and red stem choices)
1 onion (white, like a giant enormous boiling onion)
tomatoes (having those with lunch today)
a ginormous head of lettuce, which I actually gave to $Person for her use
cucumbers (itty bitty ones)

This week's share:
  • 8 ears of corn
  • a pound (= 1, as it turned out) of heirloom tomatoes
  • two pounds of field tomatoes
  • two pounds of summer squash
  • two pounds of cucumber
  • a bunch of curly green kale
  • a pound and a half (= 2) yellow onions
  • 4 green peppers (and 4 more, because there were extras)
  • a head of lettuce (I chose Boston, and got another because extras)
  • 12 ounces of carrots
  • a good sized head of green cabbage
  • one regular or two small eggplants (I chose violet Asian ones, since I'd bought regular ones just this morning at the supermarket)
  • a third of a pound of shiitakes

First thoughts: green salad with corn, tomatoes, and cuke, plus some tuna. Possibly roast All The Things for a roasted ratatouille (eggplant, pepper, onion, tomato). Maybe a cabbage-carrot slaw (Asian? mayo? some other style? not sure).
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  • two pounds of mixed summer squash
  • one pound four ounces of cucumbers
  • two pounds of carrots (plus a couple extra as a late-bonus)
  • a bunch of herbs (I chose savory, and got a dill as a late-bonus; there was also basil)
  • two green peppers
  • a bunch of lacinato kale
  • two Ailsa Craig onions (and a few extra as a late-bonus)
  • a head of garlic with its stalk (and an extra as a late-bonus)
  • two hot house tomatoes (and two more as a late-bonus)
  • six ounces of shiitake mushrooms

Of note: no lettuce! All salad will be without greens!

First thoughts: tomato-cucumber-pepper salad with dill, maybe some roasted summer squash and dill; sauteed onions and mushrooms with....?; pickled carrots, onions.
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  • 8 ears of corn
  • 2 pounds of yellow summer squash (medium large, so 3 pieces)
  • 6 ounces of basil (which is a lot!)
  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 1.5 pounds of carrots (plus some extra)
  • as much lettuce as wanted (which was three small heads, one Boston, one red Boston, one green leaf)
  • 9 ounces of cucumber (which was two cukes)
  • a big bunch of parsley (which tastes of Passover garnish and tabouli; suggestions for use welcome, or let me know if you have a use for it)
  • a bunch of green kale
  • two orange tomatoes (plus 2 extra for being towards the end of the distribution)
  • a bunch of beets with their greens (I chose golden, for that one and the end-of-distribution bonus bunch)
  • a bunch of red onions (and a second for end-of-distribution bonus)
  • a third of a pound of oyster mushrooms

First thoughts: tomato-corn salad with basil, and chives from the porch, possibly with some lime juice.
kale and beet greens sauted with onion, potato, egg, and some interesting spices.
star anise pickled carrots, or perhaps some with the last of the garlic scapes and dill.
sauted onions and mushrooms with roasted summer squash (and feta if I had any, or can face the walk to Trader Joe's in this punishing head + humidity).
not sure yet what to do with the golden beets; I like their color better raw, but flavor and texture are better when cooked.
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  • three pounds of regular cucumbers (which is a lot of cucumbers, as it turns out, and these are the regular ones I don't love, so (a) suggestions for unusual salads or (b) locals who'd be willing to pick up some cucumbers are welcome)
  • four very small summer squash (I chose green and gold zucchini, plus 7 extras because I was at the tail end of the pickup)
  • a bunch of Ailsa Craig onions with some green stem (plus an extra from the 'free' box)
  • two bunches of dill or cilantro (obviously, I chose dill, and the coordinator gave me another two bunches)
  • a head of lettuce (I chose red leaf)
  • six ounces of basil
  • one bunch of red beets with greens
  • two heads of garlic on the stalk
  • two stalks of broccoli
  • one bunch of purple kale
  • six ounces = two king oyster mushrooms

This week's newsletter from the farm featured the fennel we'd be getting. Notice what's not on the list above? Yup, fennel. It happened last year, too, so I've sent an email to the farm asking that they either (a) get us some fennel, or (b) not strongly feature things that they're not going to send to every distribution site. I'd been planning to make lemony fennel relish. Which is not to say that the rest of this week's share is awful or anything (though I could've done with a lot less cucumber, unless they were pickling cukes).

Anyway (oops, the rest got cut off somehow), I'm not feeling super inspired for particular recipes, just 'saute veg + eggs' or some salad variants. ::sigh::
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  • a bunch of rainbow chard
  • six pickling cukes
  • five summer squashes
  • a bunch of "pearl" onions (more like golf-ball-sized...)
  • a small head of Savoy cabbage
  • six ounces of garlic scapes
  • a small bag of mixed salad greens (three ounces? four?)
  • two heads of lettuce (I chose one red Boston, and traded a green leaf for more scapes, since I have a bunch of lettuce left from last week)
  • a bunch of basil or dill (I chose basil, the last one there... but I was planning on using basil for dinner tomorrow anyway)
  • six ounces of mushrooms, a mix of yellow oyster mushrooms and shiitake
    bonus (ie I came later and there was tons available): two bunches of starting-to-flower dill, another Savoy cabbage, and a couple of extra summer squashes

First thoughts: jasmine rice cooked in scape stock, then sauteed chard and fresh dill added; some cabbage and cuke to go into spring rolls; a big green salad with basil, tomato, mango, and chicken poached in salsa; dilly pickled garlic scapes; roasted summer squash and/or squash relish (something like this).
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  • 4 pickling cukes
  • 4 summer squash (I chose zucchini, one of them golden)
  • a bunch of carrots (plus some extra)
  • a Napa cabbage
  • a bunch of little red onions with their scallions on
  • two heads of lettuce (I chose red leaf)
  • a bunch of lacinato kale
  • a pound of garlic scapes (plus as much as I wanted extra, which was... a not inconsiderable quantity)
  • 6 ounces of mixed interesting mushrooms

First thoughts: roasted summer squash; slaw of Napa + shredded carrot + sauteed bits of garlic scape + peanut dressing; pickled garlic scapes and carrots.
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  • a bunch of purple kohlrabi with greens
  • a bunch of kale (I was lucky and got one of the few lacinato ones)
  • two heads of lettuce (I chose a red leaf and a Boston, and was given a third, another Boston)
  • a bunch of scallions
  • 5 ounces of garlic scapes
  • a bunch of cilantro (traded for more scapes)
  • two pickling cucumbers
  • two small summer squashes (and was given a third)
  • six ounces of yellow oyster mushrooms

First thoughts: green salad, of course (I'm bringing one to Shabbat dinner tomorrow night). Cook the kohlrabi greens and kale with sweet potato, maybe some soy sausage. Sauteed summer squash with mozzarella, maybe a bit of tomato sauce. Kohlrabi-carrot slaw with mustard dressing, also scallions.
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  • 5 ears of popcorn
  • 6 oz. garlic scapes
  • 1 bunch pea tendrils
  • 11 oz mixed salad greens
  • 1 head of lettuce (I chose a red leaf variety)
  • a bunch of winter savory (I have not used this before; suggestions/recipes welcome)
  • 6? oz. oyster mushrooms

CSA, week 1

Jun. 8th, 2017 05:02 pm
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Another year with Red Fire Farm, with an add-on I'm very excited about: a mushroom share!

    a pound (= 1 large) beet
  • a bunch of red radishes or small hakeurei turnips, either with greens (I chose the turnips)
  • two heads of lettuce (I chose Boston; they're gorgeous, plus a bonus head because they had too many)
  • a bunch of green garlic
  • a bunch of cilantro (traded for another bunch of green garlic)
  • 0.8 pounds of spinach
  • a third of a pound of tiny shiitake mushrooms (in a paper bag closed with a "Fungi Ally" sticker on it)

Lots of salad to come, clearly. Also maybe some congee with jasmine rice, turnip greens and green garlic, possibly also the spinach, and mushrooms.
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I know, I've been AWOL. Life has been happening. More on that as I can face making posts. Hopefully this will jumpstart me....

(For comparison, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009.)

  • 3/31/15 5 pints of boozy orange marmalade (with boozy ginger and coffee cherries)
  • 4/11/15 6 pints of Passover beet pickles
  • 4/11/15 1 pint of Passover carrot pickles (sweet with a hint of spicy, also a few chunks of beet in)
  • 7/3/15 6 pints of garlic scape pickles
  • 7/3/15 6 pints of dilly garlic scape pickles
  • 7/23/15 2 pints, 5 half-pints, and 3 minis of plum butter
  • 7/23/15 3 pints, 1 pint-and-a-half of pickled basil beans
  • 7/31/15 4 pints spicy fennel relish (a few changes: no parsley, cayenne for hot pepper flakes, more lemon)
  • 7/31/15 2 pints of pickled fennel and lemon
  • 7/31/15 2 pints of spiced pickled pineapple
  • 7/31/15 4 pints of pickled eggplant (subbing in a little minced onion for garlic I didn't have)
  • 8/13/15 4 pints and 2 half-pints of peach-tomato salsa
  • 8/30/15 10 pints of halved damsons in extra light syrup
  • 9/7/15 5 pints and 3 minis of damson-peach mostarda
  • 9/13/15 9 pints of cinnamon watermelon pickles
  • 9/13/15 5 pints of spicy green pepper relish (based on this recipe
  • 9/13/15 3 pints of spicy fennel relish
  • 11/28/15 8 pints of cranberry chutney
  • 11/29/15 10 pints of cranberry chutney with walnuts

Not as much as previous years, alas, but still tried some new things.
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With Red Fire again this year, though my *nutrition* class means that I have arranged for friends to pick up for me for the first three weeks...

  • 1 celeriac
  • 2 pounds mixed turnips (gilfeather and/or purple top; my friend chose purple tops for me, though I think I'd have chosen the other way)
  • 1 bunch (=3 medium) purple kohlrabi with leaves
  • 1 bunch tiny Hakurei turnips with leaves)
  • 1 bunch (=3 small) green garlic with leaves
  • 1 bunch oregano
  • 2 heads of lettuce (not sure if there was a choice; I ended up with 2 heads of romaine)
  • 0.5 pound of spinach (large enough leaves to be more on the cooking end of things)
  • 0.5 pound mixed baby greens (tat soi, kale, mizuna, arugula; in looking at the contents, I'm guessing I ended up with mostly arugula, which is fine by me)

First thought: dang I'd been hoping for overwintered parsnips like last year.

So far: most of the purple-top turnips have been put to fridge pickles, with the rest and the celeriac roasted. The kohlrabi greens, spinach, and hakurei turnip greens were sauteed with onion, crimini mushroom, potato, lemon, and smoked mackerel.

Still to do: some salad, of course, possibly with the Hakurei turnips and/or kohlrabi. Also some kind of mustardy kohlrabi slaw.

Not sure what to do with all the oregano; ideas?
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I ushered for ASP's Measure for Measure this Sunday at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center.

They've had shows there before, but each time they've chosen a different layout. This time, the audience was on opposite sides of the performance space, set up to give the vague impression of jury boxes, which worked. Otherwise, the set was a panel on the floor that included a round picture of Blind Justice (a blindfolded woman holding balance scales), and a contraption with spaced vertical ropes that could be raised/lowered by one of the doors to form the bars of a jail cell.

This production is set in the here-now, with the Duke taking his leave of absence because he's reached the end of his rope, heading for some kind of break-down (the implication of addiction, to pills, to booze, to whatever), and needs to step back for a while, which I liked better than the sometimes-used assumption that he was trying to be a puppet master for all his citizens. As the actor pointed out in the talk-back session afterward, this showed the period assumption of the state mirroring the condition of its head.

It's an intense time to see this play about law unequally applied, in the wake of the same USian problem (Ferguson, NY, so many other cases). One might have thought we'd have gotten just a little bit farther along the path towards true justice...

Oh, and the ending was interesting. The Duke has asked Isabella for her hand in marriage. The play has hinged about how this novitiate has rejected the amoral demand for carnal knowledge by Angelo, and it's unclear whether she is willing to give up her chosen path for a more legitimate offer. The play embraces that ambiguity by ending with her kneeling to pray about it, and him following suit, open to interpretation by the viewer rather than a definitive answer.

Not at all relevant to the production: ASP set up a concessions stand in the gallery opposite the main stage area, which is having an exhibit of work by Cynthia Brody, which I enjoyed seeing.
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I ushered for a stage performance of (selections from) Arabian Nights (Dominic Cooke), put on jointly by the Nora Theatre and Underground Railway Theater companies at the Central Square Theater. I enjoyed the performance; they did a great job with lovely costuming (it looked period, yet so comfortable; plus a ship hat that was particularly striking and gave me ideas of things to consider), some pillows, and an impressive variety of puppets that ranged from a small hand puppet to a huge, multi-person roc that flew the hand-puppet Sinbad away. The stories are enjoyable, as always, but the frame situation bothered me a lot more than it has in the past: all those girls dead, yet the sultan is redeemed by finally realizing his love for Shahrazad. Plus, one-night marriages are obviously only about sex/sex-appeal, not real marriages at all, so it's particularly icky, basically a loophole droit de seigneur to salve his conscience.

Tangential to the performance: I was the only one of three ushers to show up at the stated time, one hour before curtain. I stuffed programs, scanned tickets, handed out programs, directed people to their seats. Luckily it was not a full house. Then another usher showed up five minutes before curtain, doing almost nothing (handing out programs), sleeping through the first act, then leaving without cleaning up after either. I was not impressed.
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This is the first year I've worked somewhere that has a break of more than a day or two at the end of the year. It was nice, though I didn't maximize my time as well as I would have liked: I missed at least five social gatherings I would have preferred to have attended, and didn't teach myself anything about Inkscape, as I had intended to do.

On the plus side, Read more... )


Jan. 2nd, 2015 11:50 am
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On one of my walks it occurred to me that i could use some of the leftover boozy fruit I had hanging around to make a batch of (vegan) mincemeat. So I looked at a bunch of recipes online (interestingly, a noticeable subset of them had ingredients marinating together for at least a day, not cooked0, then got some fresh fruit, and started cooking. Historically, it was made with fruit, meat, and spices, a way to use up the ends of things, so I was comfortable substituting fruits for other fruits. I pulled out the food processor, chopping up fresh oranges and pears, also a bag of frozen cranberries, and a couple of carrots. I added chopped boozy apples, boozy plums, boozy ginger, and boozy mulberries, with any liquid. I put in some leftover sweet pickle brine (I'd run out of unused cider vinegar, and white vinegar felt wrong), the end of a box of brown sugar, then some white sugar. I used ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground allspice. I cooked it a while, then canned six pints; I had the bit of leftover for breakfast.

The plan: use it for pie or hamantaschen.
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Er, pickup was the Thursday before Xmas; I didn't grab the photos from the camera until now. Oops.

  • two butternut squashes
  • one deadon cabbage
  • three watermelon radishes
  • three pounds of red-skinned potatoes (Red Maria)
  • three pounds of orange sweet potatoes (Beauregard)
  • two pounds of orange carrots
  • one pound of white sweet potatoes (Bonita)
  • one pound of rainbow carrots (where rainbow means an assortment of yellow, orange, or purple carrots)
  • three pounds of red onions
  • half a pound of collard greens

I also got a bulk order of a 25-lb bag of carrots (it fit in my backpack! Just, but it did.) and 5 pounds of wheat berries.
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Only books that are first reads for me.

The Gate Thief (Orson Scott Card) This is a second book in a projected-to-be-three-book series, and managed better than most to be a standalone book with it's own story arc. The first chapter did a good job of basic recap without feeling too much like "the story until now", with the rest of the book focusing on what Danny and Wad choose to do next. The gate thief's actions make much more sense as the story continues (designed to hold $PlotPoint at bay, rather than doing it as an end of itself, thereby changing the perception of being the antagonist), and the political situations play out in both worlds (against the unpleasant queen in one, and the war likely to be spawned by the Families sending people through gates on the other).

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Robin Sloan) I couldn't resist a title like that (How awesome would it be to have a 24-hour used bookstore around, anyway? About a million percent awesome!), and this was a fun read, a novel of a guy stumbling into what might be a book cult, and harnessing the computing power of Google (at company headquarters), as well as a variety of intense characters and puzzles along the way. (Puzzles in the books in this book, not puzzles in the book itself. If that makes sense :-).

Until It Hurts to Stop (Jennifer Hubbard) A novel of a highschooler who was bullied in middle school, and discovers that her internal view of everyone else being fine but her is wrong; everyone has a misery, and it's not always about her. Well done, though.

Dead Ends (Erin Jade Lange) This was an interesting novel about two boys changing through their short friendship with each other. One had Down's, while the other was a bully, though he did not see himself that way. I don't think all bullies are like this, but it was interesting to see how he saw himself, and his views of himself changed, and his actions with it.

A Moment Comes (Jennifer Bradbury) A novel told in three voices, teens from different backgrounds at the time of Partition in northern India near Pakistan: one the daughter of a British cartographer, one a Hindu girl who'd already been hurt in the violence, and a Muslim boy who wants to go to Oxford. Tumultuous times, and they were together under one roof, having to deal with the violence outside the compound.

Cities of Empire: The British Colonies and the Creation of the Urban World (Tristram Hunt) This book looks at ten cities founded by or seriously modified by the British, looking not only at architecture and geography but also about the ideas behind each city, whether the British were interested in trade, or colonialism, or empire-building, and so on. It was an interesting book, but felt a bit weighed down by lots of descriptions of architecture when it felt like a few images might have carried the point more succinctly, leaving the author more time to discuss less superficial aspects. Also, it would have been helpful to have maps at a level between the world map at the front and the part-of-city map in each chapter. Otherwise, an informative read, ranging from Boston, to Cape Town, Barbados, a number of cities in India, Hong Kong, Australia, and back to Liverpool, whose fortunes rose, then fell, mirroring the rest of the empire (and now, in turn, may be colonized itself, economically at least, by Chinese and other interests).

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (Jeanette Winterson) is a memoir of a rather bizarre English childhood and how it affected her adulthood, escaping her Pentecostal adoptive mother who did not approve of lesbians, among many, many other things. Apparently, she's a well-known author; I hadn't heard of her before, so have no context from her fiction. It was an engaging, well-written read, though sometimes frustrating too, with her writing style always being in fairly short chunks.

My Father's Paradise (Ariel Sabar) is about an American-born son looking into his father's life. His father was born in northern Iraq, in a Jewish community that still spoke Aramaic. The family moved to Israel with the rest of the community; his father eventually overcame a lot of obstacles to become an Aramaic scholar, eventually becoming tenured at a university in CA. Interesting read, all around.

Knish (Laura Silver) is a lot of anecdotes around the history and culture of the knish, especially as it was evoked in NYC in the mid 20th century. It tries to be history, but never really succeeds at that, stringing together stories that never quite form a coherent whole, yet still enjoyable.

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! (Laura Amy Schiltz) is a series of monologues and a few dialogues of teenagers in a medieval English town from all social strata. Interesting, sometimes interlocking, stories, with informational pages on topics like the Crusades or the three-field system. I enjoyed this a lot, plus learned two new words (friants are boar droppings, and a sniggler catches eels and frogs).

The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Brian Selznick) is sort of a picture novella about the early movies made in France, also clockwork automatons, magic, and loss.

Wonder (RJ Palacio) is a novel about a boy going to school for the first time in fifth grade. He was born with massive medical issues, and after years and years of surgery, still looks horrific. The story is told from a number of points of view, changing infrequently enough that it isn't exhausting. I liked this, but found it a bit predictable in its outline.
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(For comparison, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009.)

  • (thursday after passover) 3 pints of gingery golden beet pickles, with a few carrots tossed in too (kosher for passover)
  • 5/27/14 3 pints of rhubarb chutney (conventional onions, though)
  • 6/8/14 3 half-pints of rhubarb-lemon marmalade
  • 6/23/14 7 pints of chocolate cherries
  • 6/24/14 2 pints and a half pint of juneberry-rhubarb jam
  • 6/27/14 1 pint of sour cherries
  • 6/29/14 2 half-pints of mulberries
  • 7/25/14 1 pint golden beet pickles
  • 7/25/14 1 pint red beet pickles
  • 7/25/14 1 pint fennel pickles
  • 7/31/14 3 pints and 3 half-pints of apricot-vanilla jam
  • 8/20/14 1 pint celery and carrot pickles (with black pepper, lemon, bay leaf)
  • 8/20/14 2 pints and 1 half-pint tomatoes in own juice (with a touch of lemon and salt)
  • 8/21/14 1 quart of dilly beans with garlic
  • 8/21/14 1 quart of dilly beans and carrots with garlic
  • 9/4/14 5 pints of beet pickles
  • 9/4/14 1 pint of golden beet pickles
  • 9/4/14 1 pint of spiced sweet hot pepper pickles (same brine as beet pickles)
  • 9/12/14 4 pints corn relish (with cayenne and tandoori seasoning instead of celery seed and dry mustard)
  • 10/19/14 1 pint and 1 half-pint of super-spicy roasted tomatillo salsa
  • 12/2/14 6 pints garlicky carrot pickles
  • 12/2/14 6 pints gingery carrot pickles
  • 12/2/14 3 minis of garlic-ginger pickles with honey
  • 12/26/14 6 pints of hot peppery carrot pickles
  • 12/26/14 6 pints of cinnamony carrot pickles
  • 12/26/14 6 pints of star anisey carrot pickles
  • 12/30/14 6 pints of slightly boozy mixed-fruit mincemeat

Canned with Currentlee at his house: pickled garlic scapes, 2 half-pints brought home.
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in chronological order

I've ushered for a bunch of plays, and since I've been slow about posting, I'm aggregating so I'll at least have something written.

In mid-November, I spent an afternoon and evening at three plays by Company One, grouped together as the Displaced Hindu Gods trilogy of Brahman/i, Kalki, and Shiv (all by Aditi Kapil). (I love the art they have for these, btw; check it out at the previous link.)
  • Brahman/i is billed as a one hijra stand-up comedy show; the stand-up is an intersex person who was raised to be a boy until partway through high school, then switches. Zie pokes fun at life in high school as either gender, the role of Indian aunties, and ancient pornographic stone carvings, among other things. There's also a bass player, who turns out to be more integral to the plot than suspected at first.
  • Kalki is the last avatar of Vishnu, who appears during one rainy season to some teenagers facing the awfulness of mean girls (and boys) in high school. It was liberating, seeing the mousey girls get vindicated, even as Kalki left them holding the bag for the oddness. I was impressed with how the set worked (outlines of metal square tubing, with windows and supports set at angles within those frames, with something rigged up to show water constantly running down the windows). And I was left realizing I know far too little about Hinduism to really appreciate this.
  • Shiv follows the daughter of a poet who can't quite break into the big time now that he's emigrated to the US. He loves his daughter, but is not always who or what she needs. Despite that, when she is grown, she takes a job that can let her make up for one wrong done to him. Or so she thinks. Or there's the other description, from their site, which is also accurate: "named for the Destroyer God, sails the cosmic ocean on a makeshift raft piled high with the psychic residue of post-colonialism. Drawn by distant radio signals, she navigates the poetry of her past and the possibilities of love in a soaring, fantastical journey about the destruction that leads to rebirth." The staging included an impressive mattress-raft, also kite lines. This one was interesting too, and again left me feeling I hadn't quite gotten the point the playwright intended, or not in its fullness. Perhaps I have some reading to do...

Later in November was ASP's production of Phèdre (Jean Racine; Hughes translation), which was in the First Church in Boston. I'd not been in the building before, and was surprised at how different the interior was compared to the exterior (much more modern, for one thing). I think I read some of this play in high school French class, but if so, I didn't remember much of it. This staging used the space, light, and sound, with the only set being a huge mound of chain that had ends trailing off in a number of directions, including to the balcony above. I liked it, though at times was distracted by how the walls and the lighting interacted (there were copper foil pieces wedged vertically between concrete vertical standouts (some sense of it in the Globe's photo). Of course, being essentially a Greek tragedy, pretty much everyone's dead at the end.

Most recently I saw Moonbox Productions' staging of Musical of Musicals: The Musical (Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell), which, as you might have guessed, is a musical. Not just one, oh no, but five mini-musicals starting with the same basic plot ("I can't pay the rent!" "But you must pay the rent!"), first in the style of Rodgers and Hammerstein, then Stephen Sondheim, followed by that of Jerry Herman, then Andrew Lloyd Webber, and finishing with John Kander and Fred Ebb. The show is delightful, very clever in its spoofing, even when I knew I was missing references. Two thumbs up.
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