Show Trailer

25 May

We open tomorrow night, and in celebration of this momentous occasion, I’d like to share with you the trailer for the production. I think it turned out pretty well — thanks go out to our video staff for making this a success!

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Dance Time!

23 May

Bollywood dance lesson #1:

 

Dance lesson #2:

Not the Virgin Queen

19 May

Ram: Victoria wasn’t the virgin queen, that was Elizabeth.
Vic: No shit? 
Ram: No shit.
Vic: Asshole! Wait, weren’t they both virgins?
Ram: It is generally assumed that Victoria’s marriage was consummated.

I dunno, what do you think?

Prince Albert, Queen Victoria and their nine children. From left to right: Alice, Arthur (later Duke of Connaught), The Prince Consort (Albert), The Prince of Wales (later Edward VII), Leopold (later Duke of Albany, in front of the Prince of Wales), Louise, Queen Victoria with Beatrice, Alfred (later Duke of Edinburgh), The Princess Royal (Victoria) and Helena. May 26, 1857

The “Meet Cute”

16 May

FREE: Do you remember when we first met? We used to talk all the time, I mean non-stop! I loved our hands. I loved the way they moved together. Sexy.
MAGGIE: Yeah
FREE: That night under the streetlight?
MAGGIE: Our streetlight
FREE:  It was too dark to talk, so finally you just stopped under the streetlight and we were signing, and we just stood there talking and talking trying to finish our conversation, but it never ended, until finally it started snowing and we were too cold to stand there any longer.
MAGGIE: And then we ran all the way home

In a movie, they call it the Meet Cute — that is, the moment when the future romantic couple meets for the first time in a way that is considered adorable, entertaining, or amusing. Whole films are built around this idea, like When Harry Met Sally, which took the trope into the meta category, and included footage of real life long-married couples, talking about how they met:

 

New research now reveals that the way we tell the stories of how we met our Love People can be analyzed for predictors about whether those relationships will last. A recent NPR story delved into the discoveries:

“[Researcher in Relationship Science] John Gottman says how a couple meets really doesn’t matter. What matters, he says, is how the couple tells the story.

‘You can really tell when people have a very positive story of us,’ Gottman said. ‘They’re sitting close, they’re smiling [and] there’s a relish in telling the story.’

“On the other hand, Gottman says if the couple isn’t doing well in the relationship, the story can be very general, the memories negative and it can be like “pulling teeth” to get them to talk about how they met.

“So it might seem obvious that a happy couple would tell a more positive story and vice versa, but Mario Correa [host of NPR’s RelationShow] says that what Gottman does is to interview the couple over many years and listen to how the story evolves.

“‘Each time any of us tells a story, it changes a little bit,’ Correa says. ‘So he studies the same couples over many years … and he listens for these changes.’

“By listening to those changes, Correa says Gottman can predict fairly accurately where a relationship is headed.”

We’ll see how that works out for Free and Maggie.

Is It Poisonous?

9 May

VIC: Mom’s yelling ‘Frida! Frida! Did it bite you? Did it bite you?’ We get to the camp office, and they’ve got this chart on the wall…

FREE: …Snake chart, from the department of wildlife or something. …Rattlesnake, sure, there was a chart in the camping office.

VIC: Free notices things like charts in camping offices.

Is it poisonous? Consult these handy charts!

We Are Deaf

6 May

Deafhood Discussions (on Facebook) recently posted a wonderful video by Joel Barish (of DeafNation.com) that’s worth a few minutes of your time.

Tying a Sari

6 May

VIC: Yeah, your mom made me like a hospital bed, I feel like I’m going to unravel any minute, there’s this one measly little pin right here, and then a lot of tucking – I’m babbling. It looks ok?

A good overview of how to tie a sari:

Here’s another version, which is much closer to my own experience when my mother in law ties me into a sari:

 

And here’s some up-close detail work on the front pleats.  This video shows how to use a plastic pleater (most definitely *not* what Ram’s mother in law would use. She’d be old school) but the tool allows you to see how the pleats should look, up close.