Monday, November 1, 2010

Monday=Book Review Time--A link and a play

Good luck to all the NaNo-ers out there. I'm in the middle of edits, so I'm doing a NaNoCleMo. You got it--cleaning for 2700 minutes this month. You can keep tabs on my progress in the right column.

On to the review:

The next book request I had was for Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers. Since I already talked about that, I'll just provide the link (If you have any questions, just ask.) and gush about a play that my husband and I went to this weekend.

The play was The Foreigner by Larry Shue.

The Premise: It's a farce about a young Englishman who, in an attempt to escape his life and troubles for a few days, visits a friend in rural Georgia. The friend puts him up at a lodge (He's military, and guests aren't allowed on base.) and, hoping that everyone will leave him alone, tells the owner that he doesn't speak any English. Hilarity ensues not to mention intrigue.
I was wary when we went. I'd heard great things about this show, but the last one we'd gone to that was touted as being incredibly funny was painful. To my great delight, this one was fantastic. The writing was so well done--clever with unexpected twists. The actors did an amazing job. I couldn't recommend it more. Laughter abounded. Whew! If it comes to your town, check it out. If you're in Winston, it's here through Nov. 7th. Go see it. You won't be disappointed.

When I was looking for a picture, I found out that Larry Shue died in a plane crash the year after this play debuted. Sad. Before he died though it won 2 Obie Awards and 2 Outer Critics Circle Awards.


Patti Lacy said...

So proud of you for your commitment to writing!
I just finished Outlanders by Gabaldon, title's kinda similar to Outliers!!!


Beth Mann said...

Thanks for the review(s)! I would LOVE to see The Foreigner, sounds like something right up my alley! I'm off to see if it is coming/has been in Georgia! Thanks, Lois!

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

Good luck on your edits! And nice shots of the Empire State Building!

Kasie West said...

Yay, 209 minutes. You and Linda are killing me. I love the competition, it motivates me. Now I have to make sure I keep up with the two of you. (If it's just myself, I don't mind slacking. So I'm happy you're in.)

Great review. I love plays. We don't get enough here.

Good luck with edits.

Susan Fields said...

Good luck with NaNoCleMo! And that play sounds good - I'm glad you had a great time.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Love the cleaning count down. Does matching socks count? :D

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Lois...Did you enter Marcia's monthy critique give away? I think you won...I'm pretty sure your blogger name is lotus girl...

Susan R. Mills said...

I've heard great things about that play, too. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it. Love the idea of NaNoCleMo. I sooooooo need to do the same! Maybe, I'll join you. :)

Amie Kaufman said...

My surgeon recommended Outliers to me--couldn't actually get him to talk about medicine for several minutes, he loved it.

The play sounds fantastic, I wish I could see it!

Meagan Spooner said...

How awesome is the NaNoCleMo idea? If my housemate *eyes above commenter* weren't already doing NaNoWriMo I'd have to suggest making a pact with her to do that.

I'm such a theater geek that all I want to do now is see that play. I'll make a note of it--sounds awesome!