Topiary, vision is scary

I’ve clearly neglected mStem this week, primarily because I’ve been ridiculously busy at work. But there’s nothing worse than reading about why someone was too busy to post to their blog, so here:

edscissors.jpgMy coworker JP tossed me two sweet tickets to Edward Scissorhands at the Kennedy Center. Besides being the only person there in apple juice-soaked blue jeans and smuggled Smartfood, I had a great time. I’m not sure how into theatre or dance anyone reading this is, but if you come across tickets or find yourself on the short bus labeled Kennedy Center, it’s worth it. The set was great, including a dinosaur topiary that came to life and danced.

One minor gripe:  When a performance ends, you don’t grab your jacket and leave right as curtain call starts.  You’re not at a movie theater with credits rolling.  I think this is the first play I’ve seen in DC, but a significant number of people in attendance were too busy to put in another 4 minutes at the end.

There are loads of decorative details that make Matthew Bourne’s “Edward Scissorhands” at the Kennedy Center such a fun, loopily inspired spectacle — among them the twin bouquets of giant shears that Edward wields (in the place of hands) with so much expressive power, and the periodic snowfall that underscores his joy.

But the topiary trumps all.

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