the further adventures of Nigel (Tuesday)

[previous] On Tuesday, it was all touring through the Cotswolds and an evening of theater: Nigel the Charity Pig had himself a stroke of luck when he ran into me. He could have been picked up by a grubby six-year-old and ended up thrown out the car window onto the side of the M40 covered … more…

the further adventures of Nigel (Saturday)

[previous] Yesterday, Nigel the Charity Pig joined me and my pal Bonnie at the Stratford Festival of Food: What you see there are the remains of a rabbit, venison, and pheasant pie — no pigs were harmed in the making of it. (Nigel remained safely in my bag while we sampled all the many delicious … more…

meet Nigel, our English hitchhiker

We picked up Nigel in a Welcome Break rest area off the M40 when we arrived in England on Wednesday. He was sitting there all forlorn at the register when I went to pay for my coffee, surrounded by a bunch of stuffed frogs, who are — as everyone knows — absolutely the worst conversationalists, … more…

off to England again

I’m heading off to Stratford-upon-Avon again for a reprise of the trip I took this same time last year. I leave on Tuesday night, arrive Wednesday morning, and return back to New York on Sunday, October 4. Last year’s trip was such a blast that my travel buddy Bonnie and I decided to do it … more…

bias update

obsession: the plays of William Shakespeare (cuz he never goes out of style) boyfriend: Peter Davison in The Last Detective at the moment (but pretty much forever in anything) psyched: absolutely nothing (the next month or so is a movie wasteland) dreading: Knowing (see above about cinematic wastelands) enemy: everyone responsible for Fired Up! (for … more…

the show goes on without Tennant

As reader BillM (and others) noted in comments, David Tennant has had to drop out of West End performances of Hamlet through at least Christmas. At first it was just a nonspecified “back injury” that forced him to miss one performance, then a second, then it was “out for weeks to recover from surgery for … more…

David Tennant in ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’

Please don’t consider this a review. I saw the very first preview of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. This was the very first time the company was performing the play in front of an audience, and it was obvious, at least to someone like me, with experience not just as … more…