Thursday, June 09, 2005
Both presentations modernize the clothing, added certain touches, elements to the play, but kept Shakespeare's words. The California Shakespeare Theatre production was quite good the actors and staging were wonderful. Their production gives Othello more character and presents
his jealousy with much more power than Impact's
The Impact Theatre actors also gave good performances, especially Iago.
I found the direction tighter in their production and this gave the end an intensity I felt missing from the California Shakespeare Theatre presentation. The Impact's production changed the genre of Othello to female, which didn't add anything to the story as Othello male of female is being hoodwink by Iago and follows his/her path to tragedy.
Monday, June 06, 2005
Hooked up with a friend, we took the ecology trail, which begins near the Arguello Gate (entrance of the Presidio) it was a pleasant walk around 2 miles. While walking on the trail it's hard to believe you'll in a major city. We were quickly transported out of our urban environment.
From the trail we walked through ex-military housing and headed toward Crissy Field to the Golden Gate Promenade, this area is completely flat and is a wonderful place to jog or stroll. One thing I really like about Crissy Field is how well it's utilized, people are walking, biking, wind sailing, fishing with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay. It's one of the most scenic spots in San Francisco.
Finally we reached Fort Mason a multi-purpose facility another part the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Fort Mason holds a variety of classes, theatres, restaurants, and museums. The Environmental festival was ok for me. The event had a very corporate feel Coca- Cola had a booth. I'm sorry but I don't think environmental friendly when I think soda pop.
The artwork was interesting but a lot was cliche, pictures of natural "beautiful" sites and sculptures made to toy soldiers and other plastics. Interesting but not thrilling, I'm not sure what I was expecting from the UN and local government. I was spoiled on Saturday when I stopped at a Grass Roots environmental justice event at City Hall.
Without fancy exhibits or big sponsors the rally had interesting speakers from around the country talking about everything from drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuse to closing the PG&E Hunters Point Power Plant due to the pollution it generates in the Bay View/Hunters Point Community. The diverse environment justice rally had the issues and heart.
Sunday afternoon at Crissy Field Golden - Golden Gate Bridge in Background
Watching Wind Surfers at Crissy Field
Saturday, June 04, 2005
One reason I like the Four Star the small theatre size. I know that's usually an oxymoron
for theatre goers. But the Four Star has rows with only two seats. This is perfect for couples and individuals who sneak in sandwiches, buy popcorn and other goodies. I needed two seats to organize my fast food feast.
The two movies I saw were Sin City and Kung Fu Hustle. Sin City was a little disappointing, like many comic books the artwork was very good, creative set design, lighting, interesting use of black/white. But like so many comics with good graphics I found like dialog a bit played out. Also, it female characters were only pseudo-strong always showing deference to their male characters . Whether they were called warriors or not they were pretty much wimps.
Unlike Kung Fu Hustle whose one fighting female was always a leader or equal partner in her own right. Kung Fu Hustle was fun, it had a few slow parts but overall I was glad it was the second feature. It made me laugh with it's silliness yet provided me with good mindless distracting action for a Friday evening.