Having now read the completed English synopsis, I think that I now finally understand what on Earth is going on in ‘Route 99’. Amazingly, my assessment of the play was actually pretty much spot on, but it has taken me until opening night to be absolutely sure. I am not seeing the play being ‘properly performed’ until tomorrow evening, but I was more than a little surprised to find that there was still intensive rehearsing going on just over 2 hours before the curtains went up, and also that quite a few changes were still being made to the blocking even at this late late stage; it made me feel extremely nostalgic for student theatre.
This evening I attended the monthly Oxfam pub quiz in Ebisu, and as usual the team I was on didn’t win. However, in the Christmas Carol round we successfully identified 35/40 of the missing words from a miscellany of Yuletide favourites; irrefutable proof that singing along on the train to ‘The Best of King’s College Choir’ is a pastime which is not only acceptable, but also incredibly fruitful. The quiz also served as a timely remainder of what an overlooked classic ‘Little Donkey’ is at this time of year.