Category: Just For Fun

Appreciating British Condiments

By , June 14, 2019

As Americans, we’ve all more or less been taught to disparage and mock English cooking. We all “know” that the British tend to boil everything, not the most flavorful way to cook.

Justified or not, our family has avoided British recipes for the most part.

We apparently make up for what we miss by doing so in our devotion to British condiments!

My love for British condiments begins with a food product greatly reviled by most Americans: marmite.

British condiments

Our favorite British condiments (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Noises Off!

By , March 30, 2019

Tonight and tomorrow afternoon, I’ll appear in Noises Off by Michael Frayn on stage in Haines. That will end a four-show run, and over two months of rehearsing, often 6 days a week.

If you’ve noticed any decline in blog quality since January, this is largely why! I tend to write about what’s on my mind. I’ve had time for little else since February, with a few read-through evenings in January; I didn’t want to dwell on it here, as I did with past productions of Incorruptible (see “The Show Must Go On”) and, particularly, The Lion in Winter. But, I need to acknowledge it. Even as I attended to the work of the homestead, which has sadly taken second place to this commitment, I did so with the lines recordings playing in my ears.

If you’ve seen the play, or at least the movie, I play Frederick Fellowes/Philip Brent, or, in the short hand everyone seems to understand, I’m “the nose-bleed guy.” Which, of course, means that of all the trouser-dropping that occurs in the course of the play’s action, I’m the actor who spends the most time with his pants around his ankles. My late mother would be so proud! The show’s humor is rather broad . . . .

Noises Off still detail

Mark, a.k.a. Freddie, prepares for his next disaster or humiliation (Photo: Michelle L. Zeiger).

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