Losing a classic

Eartha Kitt passes away at 81.

Here she is performing at age 79.

Her last performance was recorded for PBS just six weeks ago, and will air in February.

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The hottest ticket in town

Having grown up in the home town of the Utah Shakespearean Festival, I have pretty high standards when it comes to theater in general, and Shakespeare in particular.  But the current Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet is making me swoon:

The Royal Shakespeare Company usually draws genteel, theater-loving crowds to the serene town of Stratford, the playwright’s birthplace. It has never seen anything like the fan frenzy surrounding a new production of “Hamlet” that stars not one but two science fiction icons: David Tennant, hero of the British Broadcasting Corp.’s beloved “Doctor Who,” and Patrick Stewart of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

Critics shouldn’t sniff.  Tennant and Stewart both have extensive stage experience, are damn good actors, and deserve to be evaluated on the merits of their performance and not penalize for the crime of having found popular success.

Now if I could just persuade my wife to let me sell one of the kids to afford tickets…

Traumatic movie

Via Andy Borowitz:

A self-styled heterosexual man from Akron, Ohio said today that he was “traumatized” over the weekend after attending a showing of the new Sarah Jessica Parker film, “Sex and the City.”

Hendrick Colton, 34, said that he bought a ticket to the summer blockbuster “Iron Man” at his neighborhood multiplex but wandered into the theater showing “Sex and the City” instead.

“The minute the movie came on, I knew something was terribly, terribly wrong,” he said.

Mr. Colton, a sales clerk at a Home Depot in the Akron suburbs, said he tried to leave the theater immediately but was seated in the middle of a row, making it impossible to escape without causing commotion.

“Everyone around me was laughing their heads off and shouting ‘You go, girl!'” he said. “It was terrifying.”

A spokesman for New Line Cinema, the company that released “Sex and the City,” said that the film grossed $55 million over the weekend but that Mr. Colton was the only heterosexual man known to have seen it.

Friends of Mr. Colton who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the Akron man seemed shaken by the experience of seeing the movie and was concerned that others might now doubt his longstanding claim of being heterosexual.

Davis Logsdon, a professor of human sexuality at the University of Minnesota, said that a straight man could attend a film such as “Sex and the City” without experiencing any change in his sexual identity.

“A heterosexual man could see that movie and remain heterosexual at its conclusion,” Dr. Logsdon said. “Having said that, it’s totally gay that he did that.”