February 21, 2004

Jean Brodie

Last night, I saw a local production of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie". I had never heard of it before, so I didn't know what to expect. (This really does seem to be the best way to see shows, I think.) Although the first act dragged a bit, with some flubbed lines and uninspiring dialogue, it got a lot better, and Act III was really a rollercoaster. Kim Bullis in particular, who played Miss Jean Brodie herself, did a great job of building the audience's sympathies and then pulling us along and twisting us around.

Apparently this was a fairly well-known book that was made into a movie in the sixties; so I was told at intermission by a few of the people I knew there. "Huh," I said. Just now, I looked it up at the IMDB, and now I simply must see it, because the title role is played by Maggie Smith, who is awesome. Evidently, most of the other actors in the movie version haven't been in anything else in the last thirty years, and only a couple have been in anything for the last fifteen. Maggie Smith is enough to make me want to see this, though. :)

"The idea that one should marry the boy or girl next door was not just a bit of homely romanticism; it was a logistically brilliant wedding plan." --Miss Manners

Posted by blahedo at 8:48pm on 21 Feb 2004
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