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slava's snowstorm

Enormously grateful thanks to David Goulden for solving my HTML problem. David gets the TECHNONERDBOY AWARD for this week, and all the fame and glory this title entails.

*SPOILER: don't read the following if you plan on seeing Slava's Snowstorm in the theatre in Toronto*






Went to Slava's Snowstorm at the Princess of Wales Theatre with my friend Cathy on Monday. Interesting show, though I probably wouldn't have gone out of my way to buy tickets for it if it hadn't been included in the subscriber package. The show is basically a sophisticated clown act, in the Cirque Du Soleil vein. My favourite scene was near the end, when Slava was struggling against a raging blizzard. As dramatic music swelled over the speakers, the audience squinted against sudden blinding lights as we were deluged by the howling gale (with help from super-powerful fan blowers near the front and a tissue paper snowstorm). The effect was quite remarkable...if it wasn't for the fact that we were sitting in a heated theatre, it really DID feel as if you were in a blizzard. As the gale subsided somewhat, about 4-5 giant colourful balls were pushed out into the audience and we spent the next 15-20 minutes or so bouncing these around as the "snow" continued to fall. Lots of fun. Jeff's still complaining about the bits of tissue paper he keeps finding around our apartment.

Last night, Jeff and I FINALLY got to see Titanic, woohoo! As I mentioned before, we've tried to see this three times in the past couple weeks, but the show was always sold out. Anyway, the film broke halfway through (we got an unscheduled fifteen minute intermission), but they managed to get it going again. Great flick! Everything I was hoped it would be, though I ran out of kleenex near the end of the movie. :-)

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