Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Quiet In the Theatre, Please!

Some of you know that, despite his oilfield career and time spent in the sticks, ThatManILove is somewhat of a culture snob. He LOVES plays, independent movies, poetry, reading, art galleries, anything that has to do with the “Ahhts, Dahlink!”. It’s almost an obsession with him. His love for the arts has opened up a whole new world for me, and I love it.

Coming in to Denver, I saw on my boarding pass (at 5:30a.m., as we boarded the red-eye to Denver from Dallas) that Phantom of the Opera was showing that same night. ThatManILove took the liberty of purchasing tickets, and when I got to the hotel, room service awaited. (I know, I’m spoiled!) Room service cost us out the butt, with a $28 dollar delivery charge (from the restaurant in.the.hotel, people!)! And when ThatManILove figured out he tipped on top of that, he wasn't a happy camper. This menu should read "feed the body, nourish the soul, max out your credit card".

We enjoyed the weather, and walked to the theatre. Our seats were divine. We settled in to watch the play. Neither of us had ever seen it, though ThatManILove was very familiar with the story and had seen the movie. The set was amazing, as were the costumes.

Midway through the first half, I’m more than a little perplexed, but trying to keep it to myself. I just can’t get the flow of the story. And I’ve been to the opera in several cities, so I’m no dummy about it. I just chalked my inability to comprehend to the fact that I’d had little sleep, worry about my brother, intense meeting that day in Denver, etc. And, then…

That ManILove leaned over: Are you enjoying this?
Me (Oh, God. Is it that apparent? Was I wriggling around? Sighing? What?): Sure, honey!
TMIL: Do you understand what’s going on?
Me: Uh, yeah. I got it, I understand. (Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.)
TMIL: I'm glad you do. I know the story and I'm having a hard time following it. I don't know if they've abbreviated it, or they're having a hard time flowing or what, but something's off.
TMIL: This is horrible. Do you want to leave?

I was in shock. And then, horror of horrors, I started giggling. I mean, this was so out of sync for ThatManILove. He knew we were in trouble then. Our seats were such that he bundled me out of there, posthaste. By the time we cleared the door to the theatre and got to the elevator, tears were streaming down my face and he was laughing.

He cracks me up.

I now have a whole new appreciation for his appreciation of the arts. When it’s good, it is very very good. When it’s very bad, we are out of there! Woohoo, Dahlink!!


♥ Braja said...

Well, no one could ever be accused of calling you snobs :)

Junosmom said...

That's funny. I love the laugh that is a cry. Such an emotional release! What fun! And a photo of your honey! Now we can picture of whom you speak.

Janie at Sounding Forth said...

Braja - yeah, I don't really fit the "snob" category, do I?

Junosmom - it was fun. As to the photo, he's trying to portray a "snob"...if you can do so lying on a hotel bed. ;)

scotte said...

Actually, he can be pretty damn snobby!!!! I was so glad to see you both, the other day. Thanks for coming by. I love you both very much. You more of course. The boys commented how nice it was to see you, too.

Janie at Sounding Forth said...

Scott -

How rude! He IS your brother in law! We love you, too. You look awesome.

I love you.

Anonymous said...

My Mr. Hubby would NEVER attend anything on a stage.... play, speech, debate, opera... NADA. If he can't wear his 12 year old sweatshirt and baggy sweatpants then he just ain't going! You are lucky to have a fella that enjoys some of the finer things life has to offer. *sighs*

The Blue Ridge Gal

Janie at Sounding Forth said...

Di - feel free to come join us, chica. You're always welcome!

Wunderwoman said...

Yay for men that get into the arts, Bigblock would never do it.

Pam said...

Snobby, nah...real, yeah. I've never seen the play or movie, but have tried to watch the movie...I don't get it. Do love the music though, maybe I'm just a sn?

Joanie said...

Was Phantom a musical or was it opera? I just don't "get" opera, but I do love musicals.
I could never get my ex to go (unless it was a play one of our kids was in and then he'd go one time... I was there every night) but he goes to NYC and philly for shows all the time now.
John, on the other hand loves plays and opera and the ballet. And he's an old warhorse while my ex is an executive. Go figure.

lucille said...

Hey Janie,

Thanks for your support of Steve. Your prayers for us are keeping our spirits high. Maybe I'll meet you someday. Lucille

i beati said...

Great story - In answer to your question, I take a lot of pictures but also get a lot sent to me from animal groups I sponsor and friends..If they make me smile, I share.

TexasRed said...

That's awesome. I'm hoping to take advantage of some of the theatre around Midland and Odessa, but hardly to the "Ah, Darlink" level.

Janie at Sounding Forth said...

Wunderwoman - I'll give ThatManILove your praise! ;)

Pam - Yeah, I don't think snobby either, but it's fun to "think" so!

Joanie - Phantom is a musical opera...a little of both. Steve loves loves loves the theatre, concerts, everything. So do I, now!

Lucille - no problema, chica. I look forward to meeting you, as well!

Sandy - your pix definitely make me smile!

TexasRed - I bet you could pull the "Dahlink" off with considerable aplomb!;)

HoodChick said...

Oh, my neices are getting old enough that I can drag them to cultured events.

Gretchen said...

You're a very lucky woman! I have been dying to see Phantom of the Opera for ages!!! :)

Terri said...

Janie, I have seen the "Phantom" twice. I saw it first on the old majestic theater in New York in 1993. I then saw it in Denver in the New place downtown 3 years later.
It was wonderful both times---maybe what you saw was a different version.
I love it when the chandelier crashes to the floor!
My hubbie would never go to even a concert, so now I do girl trips. Daughter lives in New York State, but her girlfriend is in the Nutcracker, we will go in Dec.! The girls (dogs) are at National this week, wish them luck!

Anonymous said...

oh the memories this story has brought to the surface of my feeble brain. LOL

Janie at Sounding Forth said...

Hoodchick - take them! It is so much fun!

Gretchen & Terri - I think we're going to go to another venue - or revisit the Denver show when we're not so tired - and the show is more experienced. We really want to see it, ALL of it.

Midlife - what, more parallel?

Fragrant Liar said...

It sounds kind of like poetry. So much of it makes absolutely no sense to me, but I feel like I must show some kind of appreciation for it because, well it's poetry and smart people "get" poetry. Pffft. If it rhymes, I'm good. If it's esoteric stuff, I'm lost.

I would love to see Phantom sometime though. One o' these days!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great evening - bad play and all.

It is pretty impressive to screw up one of the best know plays there is.

Hope the rest of the trip was fabulous.

Jeanne said...

Old Dog's not an artsy kind of guy, but in spite of that he bought me two season tickets to the upcoming "Broadway" series here in Dayton. They're doing "Wicked", "A Chorus Line," and, oh, yeah, "Phantom of the Opera!" (I've seen it before and actually liked it, but I suspect he's not gonna.)

Comedy Goddess said...

You guys are so cute! Thanks for following the new blog of mine too!

Joanie said...

There is something for you on my blog!

Tabitha Blue/Fresh Mommy said...

Haha, that is AWESOME!! He just looks like a lover of the arts! Oh and those room service bills can be insane! At least it was good, and it's great to see you having fun... though it was a horrible play!


Michelle said...

HA how terrific!!

TML knows his stuff huh???

Your a lucky gal!!

Foo said...

That's great! As one who doesn't quite 'get' musical theater, I can really empathize with your predicament. I mean, I like music, and I like theater (was even in a few community theater productions), but I have trouble when the two come together.

I guess part of me feels that if a story is too complex to be told in a song and requires actors to properly convey the plot, then keep the plot moving along. Don't stop for five or ten minutes to sing and dance about something that could (and often should) have been told in a one-minute exchange of dialog.

Simplicity said...

OMG that's hilarious!! I saw The Phantom of the Opera with Paul Stanley as the Phantom and his lisp drove me nuts! Otherwise, it was awesome though!!

You too are so cute! That's why he's TMIL to you!

Karen said...

The worst theatre experience we have had was in Dallas. We saw "Cats" back in the 80's when we lived there and they used canned music instead of an orchestra. It ruined the whole thing. We still mention that from time to time.