January 20th, 2012

New Tilley Hat

Fringe Show (sort of) at the Walker Art Center

cavandal and I went to "A Think and A Drink" event at the Walker Art Center. Basically, if you're a member you can get invited to a small cash-bar party beforehand and a meet-the-cast party afterward. Both take place on the fourth floor, with lounge-type seating, in view of the stage on the first level. A member of the Japan American Society gave a very general overview of Japanese culture as it relates to the workplace. He didn't say anything I didn't know, but was a good reminder.

Walker listing: chelfitsch: Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech. "chelfitsch" is pronounced like "shellfish" though sometimes with a harder "tch".

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On the Fringe Festival scale with five kitties the best, I'd have to give Hot Pepper about three kitties; maybe three and a half for being very "fringie". One of which is for performing in Japanese with English "subtitles" (really "supertitles" as they're projected above the actors).

The program notes, an extensive pamphlet, say, "The theme of this triptych is the disposable work force." Yes, four of the six roles (in two of the skits) are temps. I really didn't see anything that resembled a "theme". The English translation was (they said afterward) only part of what was said in Japanese, but got the gist of the speech. Certainly, they talked really fast and put a lot in, whatever they said. Still, at no point (in the English) was anyone complaining about being a temp or longing for the old days of permanent employment.

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The cast and production company of Hot Pepper at the Walker Art Center 1/19/12

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Carole and one of the actors in Hot Pepper at the Walker Art Center afterparty 1/19/12

I'm glad we went. Partially, this was Carole's first time actually going out to an event since her operation more than a week earlier. We struggled with getting the wheelchair in the car; it can be done, but it's hard. It could never have fit in my Protege, and needed to lower the back seats to get it in the trunk of the Camry. After two months, my new car is already a bit beaten up. *sigh*

The play itself was… not to my sensibilities. I didn't find it particularly funny or illuminating. Were I to have written a similar set of plays, the whole thing would be less than ten minutes and would say more about the subject. On the other hand, I wouldn't be internationally acclaimed and have performances in countries where they didn't speak the language it was written in. Oh well.