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The big appeal in this region of Ontario is wine. There are wineries everywhere, and I came back with five bottles myself. I'm not a wine snob, buying on the basis of how pretty the label is. The regional treat is "Icewine" where frozen grapes are crushed into a sweet thick liquer. Tasty!
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After Shaw, we went to the famous Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. We saw:
Hamlet. A modern dress production. The stand out was the woman playing Hamlet. Her Hamlet was very young, especially since Hamlet is often played by much older actors(its such a difficult and prestigious role, its often played by veterans), an adolescent, highly intelligent, but unready for the revenge role the ghost of his father has thurst him. I resisted this much animated performance for about 25% the way through the play before realizing: it works, damn well This is hardly the first time Hamlet was played by a woman. Charlotte Cushman played Hamlet in the 1840s(she also played Lady Macbeth before President Lincoln towards the end of her career).
 

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We also saw Richard III or "Dick Three" as we referred to it. The sociopathic royal plots and murders his way to the crown, but having nothing but his ambition and ruthlessness, soon loses it. Great production.

We saw a comedy I had never seen before, All's Well That Ends Well. Interesting reversal of roles, as the woman pursues her intended, forcing him into marriage, and even into sex. But it....all ends well.
 

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It was awful, because, I regret to say, Shaw is awful.
what'ya expect from a vegetarian, woman hating misanthrope?
The big appeal in this region of Ontario is wine. There are wineries everywhere, and I came back with five bottles myself. I'm not a wine snob, buying on the basis of how pretty the label is. The regional treat is "Icewine" where frozen grapes are crushed into a sweet thick liquer. Tasty!
... and boozy - that is not what wine snobs do (trust me i am one), that's what complete morons do
 

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what'ya expect from a vegetarian, woman hating misanthrope?

... and boozy - that is not what wine snobs do (trust me i am one), that's what complete morons do
It does have a high alcohol content. My dear wine snob, what vintages do you recommend? I have a respected colleague and his missus coming to dinner next week.
 

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It does have a high alcohol content. My dear wine snob, what vintages do you recommend? I have a respected colleague and his missus coming to dinner next week.
i dare say that depends on the wine - drink whatever tastes good and doesn't give you a heavy head ... and fits your budget


... btw, i don't know much about american wine. do you can it like beer?
 

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Putting a high price tag on wine makes it taste better. Telling your colleague and his missus that a $10 wine is $100 will impress them. Unless they are into psychology of selling.

Pricing Effect: Why A Higher Price Tag Makes Wine Taste Better
and putting the €50 soave superiore a certain moron drinks into a €5 orvieto bottle degrades the quality rapidly. of course i let that moron 'accidentally' see the price tag.

... btw, as i needed the orvieto bottles for that i found out i preferred the orvieto
 

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and putting the €50 soave superiore a certain moron drinks into a €5 orvieto bottle degrades the quality rapidly. of course i let that moron 'accidentally' see the price tag.

... btw, as i needed the orvieto bottles for that i found out i preferred the orvieto
I bought some pinot grigio in Ontario, I might serve that.
 

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i dare say that depends on the wine - drink whatever tastes good and doesn't give you a heavy head ... and fits your budget


... btw, i don't know much about american wine. do you can it like beer?
American wine, especially the California wines, are world class. There's a wonderful book called "The Judgement of Paris" about the birth of the California wine industry in the 70s.

I've seen various shapes and sizes of bottles, and of course, boxed wine. No cans through. I'll be on the lookout.
 

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Anyway, we also saw Chicago, a cynical musical, one of the last produced by Bob Fosse before his untimely death. A great show. We had stayed after the Hamlet production and watched as fifteen men in hardhats swarmed over the Hamlet set, disassembled it and built or assembled, the C, hicago set, an utterly different set design, including a new floor and a massive lighting installation. Amazing.
 
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