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Should I See "Merrily We Roll Along" Tonight?

Yes. I've seen it.
1 (3.3%)
No. I've seen it.
2 (6.7%)
Yes. I've not seen it.
3 (10%)
No. I've not seen it.
7 (23.3%)
Who cares? You are rude.
3 (10%)
Who cares? You are pretentious.
3 (10%)
Who care? You are rude and pretentious.
8 (26.7%)
Father my child.
3 (10%)

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Choose My Fate
« on: October 23, 2013, 01:05:21 PM »
So the West End's recent production of Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along is being shown at film theaters this evening.

I forgot about this event and am terribly tired. Please choose the options which best fits your response to me.

Feel free to expand upon your options (you can vote up to 100 times) in a post as well.

If you could get the bulk of your voting in by 17:00 EDT, I would appreciate it.

Thanks.
« Last Edit: October 23, 2013, 01:06:28 PM by orthonorm »
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2013, 01:11:46 PM »
I chose father my child, cause I want a son like in October Sky.

Cause you know the whole Sputnik reference your musical has.

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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2013, 01:14:39 PM »
I chose father my child, cause I want a son like in October Sky.

Cause you know the whole Sputnik reference your musical has.



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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2013, 01:16:19 PM »
With two voters weighing in, it a toss up using an eight sided die.
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2013, 01:16:51 PM »
Did a quick Google, got rave reviews in the UK. What do the British know anyway?

Just go home and watch High School Musical 3 with a box of Kleenex.
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2013, 01:17:31 PM »
With two voters weighing in, it a toss up using an eight sided die.
LOL great trollin
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2013, 01:18:52 PM »

I voted "go see it".

I don't know anything about it, but, I did a quick search and it seems like a fairly interesting story line.

With all the pressures of daily life, you might benefit from a night out.

It's okay that you are tired....you'll just be sitting there and not working hard.

It might do you good to take a break.

Enjoy the show.
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2013, 01:20:17 PM »
With all the pressures of daily life, you might benefit from a night out.
I need to take your advice seriously soon.
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2013, 01:20:54 PM »
With two voters weighing in, it a toss up using an eight sided die.
LOL great trollin

You ain't seen me begin to troll.

I thought I would let the folks here who know about this stuff tell me something, let them and others free to abuse me, and well give you something to do.
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2013, 01:22:36 PM »
You taking Opus out for a nice night out with elegant dinning? Exchange souffles?
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2013, 01:23:46 PM »
let them and others free to abuse me, and well give you something to do.

This explains quite a bit.  ;)
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2013, 01:24:09 PM »

I voted "go see it".

I don't know anything about it, but, I did a quick search and it seems like a fairly interesting story line.

With all the pressures of daily life, you might benefit from a night out.

It's okay that you are tired....you'll just be sitting there and not working hard.

It might do you good to take a break.

Enjoy the show.


Liza, do you enjoy opera?

Shostakovich?

Gogol?

The Met is simulcasting this Saturday a performance of The Nose.
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2013, 01:31:10 PM »

The Nose?

Never heard of it...is it something to sneeze at?

;)

I do enjoy some opera....but, that's not a blanket statement.  Some just grates on my nerves. 
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2013, 02:07:13 PM »

The Nose?

Never heard of it...is it something to sneeze at?

;)

I do enjoy some opera....but, that's not a blanket statement.  Some just grates on my nerves. 

Arg! I tend to forget you weren't raised in the Ukraine or whatever it would've been called when you were young. I assumed you would have had some background Ukrainian (Russian) literature especially that which is arguably rather critical of Russia or at least its designs on being an empire.

Gogol must be read, before Russians tried being Germans, there was Gogol.

You might enjoy his stories. The "Russian" lit people here could probably give you a better overview of his role in "EE" literature.
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2013, 02:09:07 PM »
Liza can you read Russian? Get Dead Souls.
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2013, 02:23:00 PM »

Yes, I can read it - brokenly, but, I can get the gist of the matter.

As for Gogol, he was Ukrainian.  ;)  ...and a bit of an odd character.  I actually have been to Ukraine and been to his home.  He was a poor, tormented soul...much akin to Edgar Allen Poe.
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2013, 02:30:05 PM »

Yes, I can read it - brokenly, but, I can get the gist of the matter.

As for Gogol, he was Ukrainian.  ;)  ...and a bit of an odd character.  I actually have been to Ukraine and been to his home.  He was a poor, tormented soul...much akin to Edgar Allen Poe.

He is more like the Ukrainian Kafka in my opinion. Too bad more Russian didn't follow his example.

Iconodule could suggest authors closer to his ilk I am sure. Nectarine could, but I think he gave up on us.
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2013, 02:53:41 PM »
Nectarine!  LOL!

Yes, he's been gone a while.
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #18 on: October 23, 2013, 03:21:45 PM »
The results so far:



Yes. I haven't seen it.

and:

Who Care(sic)? You are rude and pretensious.

Are in a close fight.
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2013, 03:32:00 PM »

Since you stated that we can vote more than once.

I vote again, and again, and again, that you go see it, and enjoy a night out.
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #20 on: October 23, 2013, 03:40:24 PM »
Ahhhhhhhh Liza just beat me! I would like to cast my remaining 99 votes for "you are rude."

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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #21 on: October 23, 2013, 03:54:18 PM »
Ahhhhhhhh Liza just beat me! I would like to cast my remaining 99 votes for "you are rude."

I think it is funny you can set how many votes people can cast to a rather high number. I am not sure what the limit was. I was on my phone and decided it wasn't worth finding out.
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #22 on: October 23, 2013, 04:35:19 PM »

Who Care(sic)? You are rude and pretensious.
Shows how many people wish this thread where the only fate you could choose would be to send you to the lowest level of Hell. :P

But that would be far too kind LOL, whatsdat about rudeness??
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #23 on: October 23, 2013, 05:00:30 PM »

Who Care(sic)? You are rude and pretensious.
Shows how many people wish this thread where the only fate you could choose would be to send you to the lowest level of Hell. :P

But that would be far too kind LOL, whatsdat about rudeness??
To be honest, when I opened this thread I thought the options were going to be "harakiri",  "immolation by Viking funeral pyre" and "too much varsity interneting."

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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #24 on: October 23, 2013, 08:01:38 PM »
Two votes for Father my child?

I didn't know that Achronos has a second account.
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #25 on: October 23, 2013, 08:04:16 PM »
Two votes for Father my child?

I didn't know that Achronos has a second account.
It was the surrogate.
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #26 on: October 28, 2013, 10:49:29 AM »
Well with late voting and a total of 11 voters:

Who cares? You are rude and pretentious.

Is the winner!

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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #27 on: October 28, 2013, 11:02:39 AM »

Did you end up going or not?
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #28 on: October 28, 2013, 11:10:01 AM »
A quick and careless review:

The new cineplex I went to see the thing sucked. I shudda guessed as it is in the YP part of town. All sizzle, no steak.

The seating easily could have sucked despite it being STADIUM SEATING, thankfully nearly no one was there.

The audio sucked, which after listening to something else there, was not just a matter of the recording of the production, but the fact the audio was being delivered it seems out of a single midrange horn and single subwoofer.

So much for XTREME DIGITAL!!!!!!!!!!!!

The production itself nearly brought me to a rage within 12 minutes of the first twenty minutes. Unlike the Met's fantastically produced and packaged simulcasts, this production makes its "introduction" part of the show, so the lights out and doors closed time is when you get lectured by an idiotic British 20 something interviewing others of her ilk about what you showed up to see.

This goes on for 20 minutes. Waayy too long and you really can't opt out without leaving the darken room. So I just complained loudly and mocked the "content" on the screen, 7 minutes of which were "highlights" of what I WAS WAITING TO SEE.

The MET has all that nonsense before lights out and during the intermission.

So basically on a work night, they decided 20 minutes of life should be utterly wasted.

Once I got my ears used to muddled audio (I get better separation on the Tivoli single speaker unit I use at home and work), I could finally begin to not care at about the complaints of the middle aged bourgeoisie. The production might have been slightly interesting 30 years ago, but so much of the comedic elements in the musical have been cliched and those cliches rather than being lowlit, were played extremely broadly. I groaned more than a dozen times.

Of course anyone who is familiar with this work knows what the basic problem with the piece, other than the general unsympathetic characters and their cliched lots in life, is that we are never quite sure why the protagonist seems so alienated from his best friends or his own life.

Sondheim was young when making this and couldn't understand the real ravages of middle age and relied to heavily on the most obvious absurdities of modernity so Merrily We Roll Along likely only makes sense to those similar young people who believe stuff like lost dreams, paths not taken, and broken relationship are the stuff middle age woes are made or those older viewers who might consider the structure and humor of the work "interesting" or fresh.

I can't imagine anyone see this production and wondering if the young Sondheim hadn't paid enough attention to Brecht. Thankfully, Sondheim grew up out of his modernist stupidities and his later works are all the much better for it.

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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #29 on: October 28, 2013, 11:16:32 AM »

So, it would seem you had a great time!  :)

Glad to hear you went and enjoyed yourself!
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #30 on: October 28, 2013, 11:19:06 AM »

So, it would seem you had a great time!  :)

Glad to hear you went and enjoyed yourself!

I am trying to make the majority happy.
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Re: Choose My Fate
« Reply #31 on: October 28, 2013, 11:24:58 AM »
I voted No I Haven't Seen It, You are Rude and Pretentious, and Father My Child.  I love abusive men.  I like to think they are diamonds in the rough and it only they were to meet the right vamrat I might change them in to the person they know I want them to be.  And I haven't seen the movie.  Unless it involved vikings and ultraviolence it is probably gay.
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