Usually, I like to give a little overview of what I'm reading somewhat regularly on the blog, but today, I thought I'd mix things up a bit.
Saturday, I went to the Goodman Theatre to see Mary Zimmerman's production of Mirror of the Invisible World.
While I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of the story, I knew the production would be visually stunning, because Mary Zimmerman is just amazing! I saw Silk (based on the book by Alessandro Baricco) last season, and was totally captivated by the beauty of the sets, costumes, and effects.
Mirror was also very beautifully done. The costumes and sets were lovely, and some of the effects were really, really cool. I especially like the way one of the stories (The one told by the Russian princess, I think?) was represented in silouette, behind a screen...I love that kind of stuff!
While the play was kind of long (about two and a half hours), I didn't really mind. It was worth the time invested.
The story, (I'll be brief) is about a Persian king who falls in love with seven princesses, each of whom tells him a fairytale-type story that combines elements of the erotic, the grotesque, and a suprising bit of humor, as well.
I've posted a link to the review on TheaterMania.com here.
I've also just finished reading The Good House by Tananarive Due. While the "haunted house" is a fairly familiar trope within the horror genre, I like what she did with the story. The non-linear approach to the narrative works, and while the ending wasn't quite what I expected (which is not a bad thing!) I think it works out--in part--because of the way she structured her story. There is one scene in the book that still chills me even thinking about it!
I think she's one of the best contemporary horror writers around.
Okay, I admit it. I'm also reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I've only read the first four, so I thought I might catch up with the rest of the world.