Plus I spent more time on Twitter, where I really enjoy being part of a running conversation with theatre fans from all over. Blogging can be kind of solitary. And besides, sometimes all you really need is 140 characters.
Despite a slow start, I did see some terrific plays and musicals this year. I was thinking how many of them had strong endings. And endings, like beginnings, are tough to get just right.
Since this is my final post of the year, I'll mention some of them. (I've been vague enough that I don't think there are any plot spoilers):
- The last couple minutes of Lend Me A Tenor, where the cast re-created the entire hilarious plot at warp speed.
- A tender moment between Albin and Georges in La Cage aux Folles, made all the more poignant because it was something they didn't do in the original production.
- The last line in A Free Man of Color and the final moments of The Scottsboro Boys were so compelling for what they said about the tortuous history of race in America.
- A sweet family portrait at the end of Elling that made me smile.
- The very fun concert after the curtain call for Brief Encounter. Don't stop believin'!
I made it to a couple more wonderful New York City museums for the first time: the Whitney and the Jewish Museum. And I learned an important lesson: you can't always judge a sandwich by its picture in a magazine.
To everyone who read my blog, left a comment, followed me on Twitter, friended me on Facebook, sent me an e-mail, joined me for lunch, brunch, dinner or a show during the past year, thank-you for the gift of your time and your friendship.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy and adventure-filled 2011!