Monday, July 07, 2008
Kung-Fu Panda With a Side of Dumplings
Mrs. Marius wanted to see Kung-Fu Panda. I wanted to see WALL-E. We saw WALL-E, so I had to make good on seeing Kung-Fu Panda. I didn't want to. It looked stupid. I was wrong. We saw it this afternoon, and it was silly, but fun. Jack Black gave a fine performance, and actually managed to give Po warmth and charm. The rest of the voice actors did equally well, and the fight choreography was really quite good. It's a good matinee or rental(if you prefer to avoid the kiddies in the theater).
We also had our first read-through of the play today. For those of you outside the theatre, that means I got together with my actors and we sat at a table and just read the script. It is the most preliminary step in the production, and is usually fairly free of 'acting' as the goal is just to hear the words spoken. I can't tell you how much more excited I am now. My two actors really seem to understand their characters already, and while there are areas I'll need to adjust as we begin rehearsing on Thursday, from what I heard today it's going to be a great show. I'll post updates as they warrant.
And that's all for now. Peace, y'all.