May. 1st, 2009

May 1, 2009
THEATER REVIEW | '9 TO 5'
Sisterhood vs. Boss, on a New Battlefield
By BEN BRANTLEY

Give some credit to “9 to 5” — the overinflated whoopee cushion lodged at the Marquis Theater — for bucking this spring’s fashion trends. Can this gaudy, empty musical really be part of the same Broadway season that gave us the minimally decorated, maximally effective “Exit the King,” “God of Carnage,” “Next to Normal,” “Hair,” “Mary Stuart” and “Norman Conquests”?

Those shows strip down to modest sets (three of them use brick walls as backdrops) and, in many cases, small casts, the better to show off their considerable natural assets. But if ingenious austerity has replaced mindless opulence on main-stem stages, no one bothered to alert “9 to 5.”

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My own fault for merely adding the drabbles I'd written back into the original post. Bad me!

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Posting these for every three that I finish writing rather than having individual posts and all that.

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A half-dozen more prompts to listen to and see what happens. :)

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I'm fairly excited (okay, a lot excited) by this news. :) I really like Duffy's poetry because it is accessible. :D

May 2, 2009
After 341 Years, a Woman Is British Poet Laureate
By SARAH LYALL

LONDON — Carol Ann Duffy was named poet laureate of Britain on Friday, the first time in its 341-year history that the post — held by such poets as Dryden, Tennyson, Wordsworth and Ted Hughes — has gone to a woman.

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Hee. The last batch I'll looking at today. There are other prompts that beckon. :D

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