So far this week, I have seen two strange things- one on stage, and the other on film.
First off, we double dated with our awesome friends A* and B* to see Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in their revival of the 1975 play “No Man’s Land” last night. This was a very strange play. And by strange, I mean that none of us are entirely certain what happened. Here is the synopsis:
“One summer’s evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.”
The playwright, Harold Pinter (a 1960s British Pulitzer Prize winner), even admitted in 2002 that “No Man’s Land” is a “haunting weird play” that he himself “can never fully understand- who can?” Now if that ain’t a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is.
Frankly, none of us could agree on the plot, the point of the play, the characters’ roles, what actually transpired, or even if we liked it. I didn’t hate it, though I wouldn’t recommend it. I feel about this play the way I felt about this restaurant in Buenos Aires translated as I Will Kill You Ramirez. Every dish was named something bizarre (my salmon dish was I Fell Upon You Reeking Of Glory), and dirty finger puppet shows were performed during the meal. I wasn’t entirely comfortable, it was weird, and at the end I wasn’t sure what I’d just experienced, and I certainly didn’t want to do it twice.
Another glorious night in London’s West End…but with Gandalf and Captain Jean-Luc Picard! With Magneto and Professor X! Wheee!
The second bit of weirdness was the below video, shot at Expedia last week to publicize our second year as Glassdoor.com’s #1 place to work in the UK. I was asked to speak in the video, and the entire company was asked to submit vacation photos to be projected onto the green-screen signs we’re holding.
Somehow, just about all of the photos ended up being photos of me, or photos I took. It’s a fucking Where’s Waldo of my vacations. So to help you navigate, here is a list, alongside the video time of where they appear:
- Pyramids of Giza, Egypt (0:27)
- Me in Valletta, Malta (0:30)
- Me at Victoria Falls in Zambia (0:49)
- Me in Hue, Vietnam (0:51)
- Me at Yaxha in Guatemala (1:19)
- Luang Prabang in Laos