“Head Over Heels”
A Review by Desiree Remick
“Head Over Heels”, true to its name, throws you head over heels into a world of enchanting musical madness, where entire kingdoms can pack up and hit the road on vacation, where a man disguised as an Amazon can be mistaken for a dainty lady in the dark, where the ability to dance is mandatory, and where everyone embraces her (or his) inner goddess. The play is three hours (with intermission), which in my opinion is a little excessive for a musical – but entertaining the whole way through. It blends old-fashioned themes and archaic language with modern speech and politics for a unique timeless flavor. Someone who struggles to understand Shakespeare and another who abhors twenty-first century lingo could find equal enjoyment in this theatre piece.
The play opens in the small kingdom of Arcadia, whose inhabitants are lifted from the 16th century Sir Philip Sidney classic of the same name. Duke Basilius tries his luck with an oracle and receives an unwelcome prophesy in four parts: first, that his eldest daughter will find love, but not with a man; second, that his younger daughter will take a liar to bed; third, that he and his wife will both commit adultery – with the same person, no less; and finally that before the year is out he will have given away his own crown. The good duke, who is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, announces his intent to take an extended ‘road trip’ to neighboring Bohemia, in an attempt to thwart his destiny. But of course, you can’t run away from fate.
There is drama. There is romance. There is comedy (much of it genuinely funny, which is not something that should be taken for granted). There is a lot of innuendo, breaking of the fourth wall, clever jokes and asides tailored to a knowledgeable audience – plenty of references that will slip past the kids – and don’t forget the music! There’s even a sword fight, which ends in the most unexpected way.
I did have some issues with the play as well. It takes an onerously long time to get going (long enough that the actors themselves start joking about it), and the ending also drags a bit. While the message of acceptance is a solid one, there are a few times where the writers allowed their enthusiasm to overflow, which resulted in a few unnecessary scenes and a soliloquy that does not fit with the rest of the script’s tone. Oh, and if your hearing is sensitive or you are prone to getting headaches from too much noise, I advise that you bring a pair of earplugs. The music is quite loud, and I was especially unfortunate in my seating arrangement, which placed me in front of some people who laughed and whistled directly into my ear at every chance.
In conclusion, however, I found “Head Over Heels” to be a lot of fun. If you love musicals or wild tales in the vein of Shakespeare, if you are a supporter of gay rights and the LGBT community, or if you just like to have a good time, this play is an evening well spent.
Chanticleer Inn Garden in Spring
Over the years, more than 1,500 bulbs have been planted throughout the gardens. Some are early spring bloomers, such as those in these pictures, others are mid– and late-spring blooming.
Ever a challenge in the Chanticleer Inn garden, thankfully, the deer don’t like daffodils and hyacinths (yet).
Camelot Theatre “Sunset Boulevard” — a Review
Livia Genise’s version of Sunset Boulevard is a “kinder, gentler version of tale told in classic Wilder movie” says Roberta Kent writing for the Daily Tidings.
I always love to promote the ‘other’ performing arts venues in the Rogue Valley. The town of Talent, just a few miles up the road from Ashland, is the home of the Camelot Theatre.
This community theater does a wonderful job mainly due the untiring efforts of its Artist Director Livia Genise.
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Book and Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton
Based on the Billy Wilder Film
Starring Livia Genise and Nathan Monks
Directed by Roy Von Rains, Jr.
Go here to read Roberta Kent’s review of “Sunset Boulevard“
Sundays through April 19 at the Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Avenue, Talent.
For tickets ($25–29), call 541–535-5250 or go to www.camelottheatre.org
Josh Feinberg sitar, with Ravi Albright, tabla traditional Indian ragas
Come and enjoy an evening of traditional Indian ragas with Feinberg and Albright this Saturday.
Saturday, February 7, 2015 • 8pm
Tickets: $20/advance, $22/door, $10/teens 12–17,
children under 12 are free with paying adult.
Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland
Often in the off-season the Chanticleer Inn B&B donates room(s) to Ariella St. Claire Production musicians. This coming weekend, we will be hosting Josh and Ravi.
Lithia Park in Ashland Oregon Listed in American Planning Association’s “Great Places” for 2014
Lithia Park is truly the gem of Ashland. Locals and visitors of Ashland already know and enjoy Lithia Park — it’s truly the town’s heart and soul. A place to meet friends, hike trails, admire seasonal changes in the park, listen to concerts, play and even meditate.
This year Lithia Park is listed in American Planning Association’s (APA) “Great Places” program in the Public Spaces category. This program honors places of exemplary character, quality, and planning. Annually selected, Great Places meet a gold standard and criteria that have a substantial sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.
According to APA:
APA Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live. They are enjoyable, safe, and desirable. They are places where people want to be — not only to visit, but to live and work every day. America’s truly great streets, neighborhoods and public spaces are defined by many criteria, including architectural features, accessibility, functionality, and community involvement.
Chanticleer Inn Staff Raft the Rogue River
The famed Rogue River. For locals, a summer well spent means at least one day on the Rogue River.
Every year, I try to think of something that we all can do together as a way to thank my staff for all their wonderful assistance — and just plain wonderfulness. This year it was an afternoon on the Rogue River.
Indigo Creek guided us and did a stellar job. We all highly recommend them. Indigo Creek does more than just rafting, they also conduct Brewery Tours, guided vacations and fishing trips.
I love my peeps!
Peach Boat, a summer fruit favorite at the Chanticleer
One of the best things about this time of the year is summer fruit! Pictured to the right are what the staff and I call “Peach Boats”.
Fresh peaches, topped with thick creamy Meyer lemon yogurt (non-fat, but doesn’t feel that way!) with raspberries and strawberries, decorated with zest of lemon and fresh garden mint.
The bowls consistently come back empty and suspiciously clean — are people licking the bowls for that last drop of sauce?
Dog-friendly Water Fountain
On Granite St. a couple blocks off North Main you may find a dog-friendly watering hole.
A generous and kind resident set it up for our four-legged friends.
Low enough for most dogs to reach and lap up fresh water.
Ashland supports and cares for their dogs! The dog park on Nevada Street has doggie pools for some of those hot summer days.
Check out my restaurant list where you can find which restaurants are dog-friendly and will serve their clients on sidewalk tables so their canine companions may be with the diners.
A Thirsty Fawn After Eating My Petunias
There comes a time in a fawns’ life [for about a week] when they are old enough to wander away from their mothers, but still small enough to get through the gates by squeezing between the 4 inch bars.
This morning one pictured below was twice found in the back yard. About 30 minutes after ushering it out of the yard, it returned for seconds on the petunias. After nibbling on more petunias, it then slipped into the pond.
It seemed content to stay in the pond. It stood nearly chest deep and drank deeply. After it drank its fill and I had taken a few pictures, I stroked it on the back to encourage it to move out of the pond. I was somewhat concerned about its sharp hooves standing on the rubber pond liner. It bounded out of pond and made its way into the front yard.
Thankfully the mother was no where to be found. She can’t get into the backyard. We’re wondering where she was all the time her baby was frolicking behind the bars.
For those who are curious, the fur is not that soft. The hair felt thick and wiry, a little like a terriers’.