Sadly, it's not been due to wasting time hanging out at the movies... since there's been nothing I wanted to see lately. (Though Guardians of the Galaxy was a hoot. The Visitor is going to get dragged to see it soon!)
Have had a few other interesting experiences in the meantime though:
On the book front, I read and liked Netherfield, a novel set during the events of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice but centered on the life of one of their housemaids. Very good.
On the theater front, during intermission for my Kitchen Dog show, Thinner Than Water, I chatted with an audience member who turned out to be an architect who noticed theater sets. He liked this set, so I admitted to being its designer (if he hadn't I wouldn't!). But even nicer than that compliment was his recall of other good sets at the theater... including another one I designed and am proud of, The Goat: or Who's Sylvia?
The Goat: or Who's Sylvia at Kitchen Dog Theater - photo by Matt Mrozek
Now THAT's a compliment.
More fun at Fun House Theatre and Film, where their rock n' roll musical Mortgage was a blast!
I'm presently drawing construction drawings - slowly, with as many interruptions as I can arrange - for a production of The Explorers' Club which will debut at Stage West in Fort Worth, then move to WaterTower Theater in Addison, on this side of the Trinity river. The set is going to be a Victorian men's club all wood, leather, and taxidermy animal heads. Thank goodness! we have someone willing to loan us those.
More - and sooner - next time.
After-Thought Addendum: Among all the audience comments on my sets that I've heard, my favorite has to be: "Gross!"
This was on the set for Urinetown, featuring The Dirtiest Public Toilet in the World... so that was, like, Success! Also the box office clerk's mother - a bit of a germophobe - had to leave at intermission because she couldn't look at the filthy-looking (but nice clean painted) set a moment longer.
Ah! the giddy power of Set Design!