心语迹痕

September 8, 2008

Philadelphia Life+phillyfringe

Filed under: 心痕,戏痕 — by Yilise @ 2:50 AM

School’s finally started and the heavy courseload I took up is starting to weigh in on life…

P says it’s my own fault for taking up too many activities. “Isn’t it enough that you juggled your life for 3 years?” He asks.

*shrugs*

Perhaps it’s just me? Taking on 6 courses (with a language one that drives me nuts with the 2 hour classes in the evenings of 4 module days), extra-curricular activities, trice-weekly gym workouts, additional translation work and cooking everyday and plays in the weekends… I need to cut back but I don’t know how to live life any less… and I don’t know if I want to. I want everything, but I also want to do nothing. In fact, I dreamt of doing nothing for the past year, only to come here and take up everything again.

What’s wrong with doing nothing? Cut out all the additional stuff… just concentrating on my 6 courses and P. Perhaps that’s what I need to learn to do…

Especially when P’s been a dear this last couple of weekends, following me around town for the Philly fringe shows which he honestly doesn’t enjoy. And he can’t even fall asleep coz I always want to sit in the front row.

Caught a whole lot of plays these last couple of weekends. It’s the annual Live Arts and Philly fringe festival, which kinda reminds me of the M1 fringe fest, just way larger in scale. I picked 11 priced shows and 4 free events that I wanted to go for, and that’s like about 10 percent of the shows!

The plays are mostly low-cost productions, in small, intimate theatre spaces, some way off the beaten path (or as P would say, very ulu!). The turn out is always kinda spotty, and the plays we went to are not all good (there’s even one that is really only a reading which wasn’t stated in the show description; I felt kinda cheated and P fell asleep), but there’s gems mixed in the rocks.

“9/11 – A Day in the Life of a People” was poignantly done. The characters were extremely real. And the 7-years after part, although not factual, was very believable and painful, the price we continue to pay years after the event itself.

“Beauty is”, on the harm and effects of crystal meth, was exquisitely done. The choreography hauntingly beautiful, the acting so sharp it positively sliced through the air.

“The Widow’s Blind Date” was yesterday, and it rained torrents due to the tropical storm Hanna which brought winds over 30mph. Horrible, horrible day. Normally I don’t mind wind and rain, but not on a day that I was already stressed about. I had tons of readings and a 2 hour film that took me 3 hours to watch complete with note-taking. Also had a bookclub meeting in the afternoon which together with going to the library in the morning constitutes a lot of time spent outside in the rain. AND, I had homework due on Sunday. Originally planned to do a gallery showing before the play. P met me after the meeting and we already walked to Spruce St. to catch the bus. But with the horrible rain and wind turning our umbrellas inside-out, I gave up and we went home instead. Stayed in for 2 hours and we took a cab to the theatre for the 8pm show. I actually had played with the idea of giving on the show altogether… but thank goodness I didn’t. It was a good play, diabolical, but that’s the good part of it. The twist in the end was totally unexpected and the acting literally had me at the edge of my seat. Also, the storm ended when we got out of the theatre and the light night air refreshed my lousy mood and I was actually happy again as we walked home.

Today, on the other hand, was a bright and sunny day. I managed to finish my homework by 10am. Shaved off the top of my reading and cooked a lot of food for lunch. So by the time we left home for the matinee show of “Sex, with benefits”, I was already happy. Took the trolley to Baltimore and it was a sweet neighborhood. The play was good too, the topic slightly overdone – online-chat-partners-falling-in-love-only-to-find-what-they-wanted-wasn’t-the-same-thing. Still, the theme of love never grows old and the lines were good and the acting wasn’t bad. It was early so we went to Penn’s Landing, a place that reminded me of marina promenade. Blue skies and blue waters and a bright shining sun. The find of the day must be Zento, a sushi place at 2nd and Chestnut that serves the best sushi I’ve had since I came to Philly (and people who know me would know that even though it’s only a month, I’ve ate a lot of sushi). P is very proud because we wouldn’t have happened across the sushi place if he didn’t suggest taking another route back to 2nd street from Penn’s Landing.

We caught Ombelico’s Romeo and Juliet comedy at the Betsy Ross House courtyard in the evening, a commedia dell’arte piece that even P enjoyed.

And now we’re home… with me having to finish at least two more pieces of reading before sleep and bringing the week to a close.

p/s: there’s still another weekend of Philly fringe shows. Will talk more if there’s shows I like.

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