Tag Archive: Book List

  1. Thoughts on letter writing

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    We’re just back from a spectacular tour of The Magic Flute to the US. The Magic Flute  enjoyed an enormous success and became more of a delight with every performance.

     

    While on tour, I read The Missing Ink by Philip Hensher, and it was particularly appropriate, given the amount of letter writing I do when I’m away from home. Hensher’s very amusing book deals with “the lost art of handwriting” and among other things dwells on what a pleasure it is to receive correspondence that is written by hand. I couldn’t agree more! Over the years, I … Read more

  2. Advanced Book Exchange…

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    As I am not a computer literate person, I frequently ask colleagues in the office to navigate through the intricacies of the internet for me. In particular, at one point or another everyone in the office has been corralled into ordering books for Jeannette and me. Consequently, I was amazed when Nancy Hitzig mentioned to me that she had never heard of ABE (the advanced book exchange). I can hardly imagine what life was like before I discovered this astonishing resource.

    There is virtually no book that I have ever looked for which ABE has not been able to identify … Read more

  3. Changing gears…

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    It’s always a relief to have another major project on the burner while getting over a show which has just closed. Our new production of Figaro will have to be completely built and painted by the new year and you would think this would be enough to keep all of us fully occupied. But as it is, Gerard Gauci, Jeannette and I are becoming more and more engrossed in a gorgeous pastoral(TBA) which will open our 25th anniversary season. This is a tricky genre of theatre which can so easily veer toward the cloying and adorable. Our goal … Read more

  4. What I’m reading…

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    Manon Lescaut has it’s assured place among the immortals; and it is the most perfect story ever written just as Madame Bovary is the most perfect novel ever created”  

    – Percy Shelley

    I’m not certain I agree 100% with Mr. Shelley, but having just finished re-reading Manon Lescaut (by the Abbé Prévost) for the 3rd time in my life – I must admit I’m left in as breathless a state as when I first read it more than two decades ago.

    About 3 years ago Jeannette and I picked up a strangely beautiful edition of Manon (published 1931) Read more