Saturday, November 8, 2014

Of Mice and Men

The New York Times, Photo by  Sara Krulwich

Rebecca took her family and went to the HD production of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.  

"Why do you always take us to the sad shows," the boys opined.

I don't have an answer to that question.  Why does she do that?

It is hard to find classic comedies.  I will give Alex and Duncan that.  But they do know that they exist, for Duncan saw One Man, Two Governors, which became his all-time favourite show.

Should you take your kids to this production?

Catherine reminds everyone in our family that the book is on the high school curriculum  so it is not that show carried themes that kids should be protected from.

I went out to find reviews.  Getting waylaid, instead, I reading the ones about the performances, I became interested in this discussion in The New York Times about how the filming came to pass, why it was produced this way, what are the obstacles to overcome to get it on screen and delivered to the rest of us.  I think it peaked some of my interest in marketing and manufacturing films from my Film Festival Class days.

The Encores of Of Mice and Men in our community are on November 13th, 23rd and 24th.

If you read the  above article, take the following quiz, for which there are no prizes being offered. Just the joy of seeing if you can beat the questions which will serve as secondary fun if you can't get to see the show.

1. Why is Mr. Franco called a multi-hypenate?

2. How many high definition cameras are used when filming the show?

3. How is the series trying to overcome the lack of a good marketing structure.

4. How many Tony nominations did this show win?


Keeners might look at Ben Brantley's April 16th review in The New York Times as well.

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