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02 February 2013 @ 06:37 pm
"Sleep no more..."  
I got tickets today to see Macbeth starring James Mcavoy and Claire Foy! My spring break this year falls right when the play is up in London so my mother and I will be taking a quick trip across the pond. This is the one year that for ONCE I won't have a billion assignments in the spring so time to take advantage!

I'll also be in London during the time Peter and Alice by John Logan starring Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw is running. Tickets are madly expensive at the moment so I'm debating on this one. It's not like Macbeth tickets were dirt cheap but I've never read nor seen anything by Logan whereas you know, SHAKESPEARE. The plot of Peter and Alice centers around two historical figures I've been interested in for years but you know that ticket prices are high due to the play's stars rather than perhaps the content. The play itself won't be published until March but perhaps I can read it first before making a decision.
 
 
 
k is obviously for hurricane: morganakatarzi on February 3rd, 2013 06:43 am (UTC)
wowww I am so jealous of you getting to lay eyes on Macavoy's face without a screen between you. Jeez.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 4th, 2013 03:31 am (UTC)
you getting to lay eyes on Macavoy's face without a screen between you.

Yes, I am SUPER excited about this. Yes.
in_the_bottle: Londonin_the_bottle on February 3rd, 2013 10:27 am (UTC)
OMG, I've been eyeing Macbeth since I knew who was in it (because OMG JM!!!! In the Scottish Play!!!), but I just can't!! Shit load of assignments due by end of March and then whole load of exams at end of April/early May.

*weeps*
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 4th, 2013 03:31 am (UTC)
This is a reward to myself for getting all my work done before spring break. I keep telling myself this in order to motivate myself.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: BBT_NerdDance!guardian_chaos on February 4th, 2013 03:01 am (UTC)
AUUGHH!! Take me with you! That sounds amazing. Best spring break ever. :D
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 4th, 2013 03:32 am (UTC)
It is best spring break ever!!! I need to scour London's theater scene to see if there are other plays to watch.

I'm still on the fence about Peter and Alice. The play may be awful but the actors. THE ACTORS.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: ST. Kirk_HappyWithoutAPriceguardian_chaos on February 4th, 2013 03:36 am (UTC)
Have you been to London before? Going there is something I simply MUST do someday. It's like a pilgrimage for anyone who's ever fallen head over heels for a BBC show. *shrugs* THE HOLY CITY.

Hmm, I see your point about the actors in Peter and Alice. Is there anything else you can go see Ben Whishaw in? If you're on the fence, it probably would be a good idea to read the play before you commit to it. But hey! You might like it, so who knows? You're not going to be in London every day. ^_~

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formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 4th, 2013 03:39 am (UTC)
Have you been to London before?

I have! I've been there a few times on holiday and once I spent a summer in Oxford on an exchange program.

If you're on the fence, it probably would be a good idea to read the play before you commit to it.

The play isn't going to be published until March. I think this is going to come down to how expensive the tickets are as I get closer to the date. I knew I wanted to see Macbeth so I was willing to hand over the money. I may wait a bit on the other play until I can read some reviews.

I'm also trying really hard to not see this as M and Q reuniting in some bizarre alternate world.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: BL_FlamingoInCrowdguardian_chaos on February 4th, 2013 03:56 am (UTC)
Oh cool! So you have some pre-existing familiarity with the city. That'll make it easier to get around.

I suppose you have to ask yourself: would you regret not having seen Ben Whishaw in a play while there, or could you live with it if you don't go to see him in that play? I don't know how expensive these tickets are, nor do I even know how often Ben Whishaw does plays, so I'm afraid I can't say with any certainty what you should do. Either way, Macbeth sounds like it'll be a fun experience.

I'm also trying really hard to not see this as M and Q reuniting in some bizarre alternate world.

Hee!! Yes, I can understand that being a problem! XD
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 4th, 2013 04:06 am (UTC)
I suppose you have to ask yourself: would you regret not having seen Ben Whishaw in a play while there, or could you live with it if you don't go to see him in that play?

I could probably live with it. No offense to Whishaw or Judi Dench. In the latter's case this may be one of her last plays and in the former's case it'll probably get harder to see him in plays if his career remains in the upward trajectory it's currently on.

In the case of Macbeth it was the winning combination of James McAvoy and a Shakespeare play (the Scottish play, no less!) that sold it for me. I would have regretted not seeing that.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: ST. Kirk_HappyWithoutAPriceguardian_chaos on February 4th, 2013 04:24 am (UTC)
Hee! Yeah, the second I read "McAvoy" in your entry, I knew that play would be well worth your time. Ben Whishaw is lovely, true, but I find McAvoy lovelier, just as a matter of preference.

Oh, but random, somewhat related comment: one of the students in my film and criminal justice course is practically Ben Whishaw's twin, except with better hair (if you can even believe that!). The guy is freaking adorable. I'm trying to figure out how to talk to him, because he sits in the back row and this is the class I have with my favorite professor, so I'm always in the front two rows. It is a dilemma! The distance is tearing us apart!! *flails overdramatically*
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 4th, 2013 04:33 am (UTC)
I find McAvoy lovelier, just as a matter of preference.

I do as well. I also find him to be a better actor. Or at least one that tends to grab me faster. I once said to someone that James McAvoy is an actor who knows what his face looks like. In the sense that he can really change his expressions to best fit the character and scene he's doing. Not all actors can do this very well.

one of the students in my film and criminal justice course is practically Ben Whishaw's twin, except with better hair (if you can even believe that!).

I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS! How is better hair possible?! If there's one award Whishaw always wins it is the Hair Award! I'm almost tempted to ask you to try and stealthily take a photo of this hair so I can see it with my own eyes.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_Rainguardian_chaos on February 4th, 2013 04:53 am (UTC)
The face comment! That is so true. It's probably why I loved him so much as a mind-reader in X-Men: First Class. Whatever he was feeling from everyone around him, I could see the effects of it in his expressions so perfectly. He really sold that role to me. Gotta love that beautiful boy. :)

I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS! How is better hair possible?! If there's one award Whishaw always wins it is the Hair Award!

I KNOW. YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW ATTRACTIVE THIS PERSON IS. I am very rarely drawn to anyone's physical appearance. I don't know why this is. It's just how I am. BUT THIS BOY. THIS BOY. Ahh, so pretty. He looks sad, though. I just want to know why and see if he'll smile if he's speaking to someone, and just...gklshgdl. 'Scrib, whyyyy?

His hair is so lovely, though. It's like...it's dark, right? And has very vague waves, and is cut so that it looks lightly wild, but also controlled because it's fairly short. And he wears these dark glasses that match his hair perfectly and he has the loveliest Whishaw-style jawline. Plus he's trim, but not dangerously so like I sometimes feel Whishaw is.

I can feel a crush rising here. I...eh. Oh goodness. This could be annoying. *hides under things*
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 4th, 2013 04:59 am (UTC)
Whatever he was feeling from everyone around him, I could see the effects of it in his expressions so perfectly.

The role of Charles Xavier could have been sort of silly in the wrong hands. But he turned out uber tragic and angst-worthy in McAvoy's talented hands.

BUT THIS BOY. THIS BOY. Ahh, so pretty. He looks sad, though.

So basically every character Ben Whishaw has ever played.

I can feel a crush rising here. I...eh. Oh goodness. This could be annoying. *hides under things*

It could be annoying but it can also be exhilarating. Crushes can be tons of fun. If a bit distracting. :D
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_HurricaneSkyguardian_chaos on February 4th, 2013 05:19 am (UTC)
So basically every character Ben Whishaw has ever played.

Erm...well, yes. Actually, the comparison is quite apt, now that you mention it... O_o

It could be annoying but it can also be exhilarating. Crushes can be tons of fun. If a bit distracting. :D

Hmm, so I've heard! Though I haven't had many romantic experiences I could classify as good, and so I find that difficult to believe for me, personally. I believe I must be easy to mistreat.

...But the boy is insatiably lovely to look at. I genuinely will try to befriend him, if nothing else. He holds himself with a unique sort of grace. He shall be my muse. Yes. :)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 4th, 2013 05:23 am (UTC)
Crushes are sometimes more fun when they don't actually go anywhere. That may sound weird but I've had oddly lovely experiences of just liking someone without it having to shift over into the reality of actually having to date the person.

Granted, this might explain my current singlehood as well as spotty romantic experiences.

He holds himself with a unique sort of grace.

Again, I can't help but point out: every character Whishaw has ever played. Or at least the ones I've seen. I never did watch The Hour.

He shall be my muse. Yes. :)

Ooh! A muse! A muse!
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: ST_Captain'sChairguardian_chaos on February 4th, 2013 05:42 am (UTC)
Crushes are sometimes more fun when they don't actually go anywhere.

I agree with this. I am comfortable having really good, really close friends that I can talk to and be emotionally intimate with, but the second I realize a friend is romantically attracted, I don't feel safe around them anymore unless I really know them. There is some part of me that views romance as inherently dangerous. This is actually one of the things about me I find most tragic.

Granted, this might explain my current singlehood as well as spotty romantic experiences.

Well, I think you are a wonderful human being. One of my favorites, in fact. Whether you are single or not single will not make any difference in my positive perception of you.

Again, I can't help but point out: every character Whishaw has ever played.

It's like I said. The resemblance is uncanny. XD It will be interesting to see if his voice is the same. And I'd really like to know what his personality is like, because I fear I am dangerously on the verge of objectifying him as I babble about his stunning looks here, haha.

Ooh! A muse! A muse!

Yes! Muses are cool. And I don't know why this is, but it seems like a lot of men lack the ability to act as one. It's probably the graceful aspect. That's more common in females, though I am generalizing here.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 4th, 2013 05:49 am (UTC)
Well, I think you are a wonderful human being. One of my favorites, in fact. Whether you are single or not single will not make any difference in my positive perception of you.

Ah, thank you! I don't really mind my being single. I had this long conversation with a friend once where I said that ultimately, I think I'm too comfortable being alone to upset that balance. And I'm strangely okay with that.

I fear I am dangerously on the verge of objectifying him as I babble about his stunning looks here, haha.

Objectifying away! I'm sure there's a chance he has a lovely personality as well. But until you can confirm that, talk away about how perfectly wavy his hair is.

And I don't know why this is, but it seems like a lot of men lack the ability to act as one.

I think traditionally it tends to be straight men who often talk about having muses who are often women. And the entire concept of a muse is tied to the female gender. But hell, all my muses (in the writing department) have been men.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: TemptingFateguardian_chaos on February 4th, 2013 06:09 am (UTC)
I've been so consistently put off by romance that I've actually spent years not searching for romance, but rather searching for ways to try to want romance. Eventually, I realized how completely stupid that was. It's still difficult not to feel weird about genuinely not wanting that when the entire rest of the world seems like it's losing its head when it doesn't have it, you know? But ah well. Different strokes for different folks, and all that. Be who you are. That's what counts the most anyway. :D

I'm sure there's a chance he has a lovely personality as well. But until you can confirm that, talk away about how perfectly wavy his hair is.

I've found there is a general possibility of these things going one of two ways with the people who look sad. They are either (1:) fantastic, amazing, maybe shy but beautiful people once they realize someone cares enough to coax them out of their shell, or (2:) horribly bitter people with a secret anger that lashes out when anyone attempts to speak to them. I am hoping he is the former, but I suppose I won't know until actual communication has been had. AUGH, WHY MUST THIS BE A ONCE-A-WEEK CLASS?

I think traditionally it tends to be straight men who often talk about having muses who are often women.

You know what? You're right. I can't right now think of a single popular character who had a muse and was also a female. I suppose, given that particular inclination, a male muse would be entirely possible. Men are just so much nicer to be around when they aren't super-stereotypically male. I hope that's not rude to say. I guess I just tend to like people who defy expectations in some way.