Thursday, August 10, 2006

Dirty Rotten Musical

Tuesday night I had the excitement of going to see the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels playing at the Paramount. One of the differences I've found between having season tickets and buying tickets for select shows is that with season tickets you're much more likely to go to a show not having the slightest idea what the show is about. This was the case with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The one advantage is that usually the touring musicals that come to Seattle never cease to disappoint. This was definitely no exception.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was probably the most thoroughly entertaining musical I've seen. The audience laughed almost non-stop throughout the over 2-hour musical. One indication of this should have been that in the original Broadway production the lead role was played by John Lithgow. Unlike most musicals which may mix some comedy along with dramatic scenes... this had no drama of the sort. Sure, some suspense I guess, but pretty much just non-stop comedy for the sake of comedy.

Hard for me to talk about a musical without actually discussing the music... the music was adequate. I didn't run out and buy the soundtrack when I left the theatre... but that's not to say it wasn't entertaining. There were a few memorable numbers, and one showstopper, but this musical isn't about the music. It's about the hilarious script and outstanding character acting.

In other less-exciting news, today I cleaned the bathtub, with a little help from my friends... the scrubbing bubbles. After at least an hour with a scrubbing sponge, I managed to make the thing sparkle. I didn't realize how nasty it was until I started cleaning it and found the clean white below. In fact, there were some marks on the floor of the bathtub that have been there since I moved in several years ago, and I had just assumed that they were part of the tub itself. Not so! They are gone now too! Now we'll just see how long it stays that way.

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