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Current Talk '02 II / Re: The Education of Judith Collins
« on: November 25, 2002, 06:38:57 PM »
Luciaphil, you have accomplished the impossible and put a smile on my face this morning.  Thanks so much for your generosity in sharing your extraordinary talent with us all.

Your admirer,

Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '02 II / Re: OT: DS FEST DATES CHANGE
« on: November 25, 2002, 06:34:20 PM »
Sadly, I won't be attending the Festival next year.  The NYC ones are usually my only chance to see my friends that I met through fandom, but I always spend that weekend on a remote farm way upstate NY enjoying Nature in all Her myriad splendor.

I'm sure the Festival will be the usual mob scene, no matter how many of us old timers can't make it because of the scheduling.  I wonder whether they are going to do compulsory pre registration again as happened in 2001?

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Debonair Tim Shaw
« on: November 25, 2002, 06:30:31 PM »
Keith was great and sexy in Boys in the Band, the movie.  It shows how good he could be in a situation where he was well rehearsed and directed.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Barnabas and Laura?
« on: November 22, 2002, 11:54:24 PM »
Hii there,
No need to feel that way!  I think one of the confusing things about Laura is that during the character's initial appearance in 1966/67 (which you presumably have not seen, since you said you only watch the shows with Barnabas in them) she was described as the wife of Jeremiah, Barnabas' Uncle.  But then, in the 1795 story, they conveniently forgot all about his marriage to her. Now in this 1897 story they bring that idea back again.

I don't want to say any more to avoid spoiling the story for you.  I just checked and the next episode isn't going to be shown until mid December. Sorry you have such a long time to wait!  Barnabas has some really great scenes in the next shows, though, as I recall.

Best wishes,

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Debonair Tim Shaw
« on: November 22, 2002, 11:45:41 PM »
Dear Cassandra,

Don Briscoe's character, Donald, is the best friend (and former, uh, snuggle buddy) of the protagonist of the ensemble play, Michael.  (I believe that future DS performer Christopher Bernau played Michael opposite Don Briscoe, and I've often wondered whether Briscoe might have encouraged Bernau to join the cast of DS).  In the film version Donald was played by Frederick Combs, who originated the part in the initial production.  I think Don and Chris were the replacement cast while the originals were making the movie which was directed by William Friedkin.

Boys in the Band is set at a birthday party and tells the story of a group of friends through the snapshot of one evening they spend together.  It was the first successful gay play in which the fact that the characters were gay was just a given, not some major dramatic revelation unveiled at the climax of the play, and is often described as the first gay play in which none of the characters is killed or commits suicide.

The style of it ranges from acid wit to florid melodrama, with occasional flashes of innocence and debauchery to leaven the mix.  I quite like the movie version--some people hate it.

To Scout:  Don Briscoe wasn't responsible for his hair on the show; stylist Irene Hamalain was.  

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Barnabas and Laura?
« on: November 22, 2002, 08:10:02 PM »
Hi there,

At this point in the story, we do not know anything about Barnabas' previous acquaintance with Laura.  More information is going to be revealed in the upcoming shows, so keep watching!  

Best wishes, Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: THAT SEXY VOICE
« on: November 22, 2002, 05:52:18 PM »
This whole scene between Quentin and Laura is DS at its finest.  I always get chills watching that scene!

As for the voice, I agree with Ms. Hoffman about Tim Shaw!

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: OT/ Collectibles?
« on: November 22, 2002, 02:07:46 AM »
Given the line-up of guests you mention, it sounds likely there would be quite a few dealers offering 60s pop culture memorabilia for sale.

I live in Somerville, but don't really go to collectibles shows.  My collecting is really sporadic and pretty much limited to things like candid photos of certain performers and, when they surface, tapes of unusual bits of other work they did.

Hope you have fun, if you go to the show.  Make sure you check for whether there's a door fee.  I went to one near the JFK stop on the Red Line back in the mid 90s, and both times I had to pay just to go in.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Debonair Tim Shaw
« on: November 21, 2002, 09:16:47 PM »
Since nobody else has apparently bothered to notice, I just have to say what a luscious bit of Broadway charm we have in Don Briscoe's Tim Shaw.  The character may be a creep, but I just love looking at him in those Victorian clothes.  And imagining him out of them, heh heh heh.

That little collar is so dear. So very Dudley Do-right.  Love the little flips on the hair, too.  Of course in the real 1897 it would have been lacquered solid with hair oil.

This was around the time when Don was doing DS by day, and appearing as Donald in Boys in the Band by night.  I've tried and failed to find a publicity photo of him in the role.  I would be obliged if anybody ever does put their hands on one if they could let me know.

Regards,  Steve


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Luciaphil, fabulous comments as always.  Your wonderful notes about Ned the Abominable in particular had me in hysterics.  

As for Stokes, I wonder whether he might have had a psychic moment when he discovered those I Ching wands?  Rather as he did when he was showing Julia Ben's diary and then suddenly the spirit of Ben was writing in the missing words THROUGH him.  I'm sure that Stokes did some forms of meditation, lucid dreaming, and the like as part of his studies, and that generally fosters the innate psychic abilities we all possess to some degree.  Just a thought. (I realize I am going to great lengths to explain something that happened because the writers again needed to get from point A to point Z in 5 minutes.)

A sudden thought; could the dress Quentin gave Maggie have belonged to the young Judith?  

And talking of HER ... I'm still waiting for the next installment!

Steve who owns 4 decks of tarot cards and knows exactly what to do with them!

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Joan Bennett's wardrobe for 1897 is truly fabulous.  I like her clothes as Judith much better than what she was given to wear as Naomi, though the latter matriarch had some very grand ensembles to wear.

Whoever else asked why the Collinses are being so hugger-mugger about Jenny--you have to keep watching--there are still more revelations to come about Jenny.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: For The Love Of Barnabas
« on: November 20, 2002, 12:57:45 AM »
Hi Connie, thanks for the clever slash-o-rama!  

You do beautiful work.

Your admirer,

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: If That Was MY Dead Brother......
« on: November 20, 2002, 12:54:44 AM »
Raineypark, if you think today's episodes were sick, I devoutly hope that your VCR fails the day of Jamison's matriculation at the infamous Worthington Hall!  Tomorrow's shows (presuming that that wretched network is going to air the series tomorrow--I have completely lost track) are very distasteful as well, if memory serves.

The whole Trask family really does give new meaning to the concept of hypocrisy.  Unfortunately, the whole murder charge thing against Rachel and Tim doesn't get much beyond acting as a convenient Diabolos ex machina for the writers.

Best wishes,

Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: THE Q-MAN AT HIS BEST
« on: November 19, 2002, 06:50:49 PM »
Connie my dear,

At long last,  YOU have captured the essence of Quentin Collins!  something NOBODY ELSE has managed to do!

I just love it when Selby plays drunken Quentin.  One of my fave scenes is that "morning after" that big night at the Hi Hat Lounge!  And Grayson plays the straight man pricelessly in that scene, too.

Admiringly,  Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: The Missing Magda and Barnabas
« on: November 19, 2002, 06:48:47 PM »
This was brilliant!  I'm dying here!  call the ambulance!

Steve

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