Friday, April 10, 2015

makes no sense

So last night we went to our final (for this season) production at the FSU Conservatory for Actors. They were performing Chekhov's Cherry Orchard. And this morning I found myself marveling at the similarities between the play and the soda that Phil is so inordinately fond of...

at first glance you may not notice it- LOL

and it isn't because they both have "cherry" (corrupted in the case of cheerwine) in their names- it is because neither one of them makes sense!

Cheerwine (been around since 1917! but who has ever heard of it? the legend! LOL) is a cherry drink without any identification of it being cherry - just being cheery!  here is some info on it from wikipedia-

When the Maysville Syrup Company of Maysville, Kentucky went bankrupt in 1917, L.D. Peeler and other invested businessmen moved the company to North Carolina and renamed it the Carolina Beverage Corporation. That same year, Peeler purchased a recipe for a cherry flavored soda from a Saint Louis flavor salesman, which eventually became Cheerwine. Though it had been around since 1917, Cheerwine first became a registered trademark in 1926.  Cheerwine has a mildly sweet flavor with strong cherry notes, most notably black cherry; is burgundy-colored, and has an unusually high degree of carbonation compared to other soft drinks. The product was named for its color and taste; the company website states that "it made sense to name a burgundy-red, bubbly, cherry concoction—Cheerwine." Despite its name, Cheerwine is not really a wine and contains no alcohol. 

OK so I get maybe the wine color misled you into thinking it made sense to call it "xxxwine" but is the cheer a misspelling of cherry? This makes no sense to me...

Which leads me back to the play- it also made no sense to me... here is the synopsis- 

here is my thumbnail synopsis of the play- "everyone gets what they deserve"- rarely will you see a stage filled with such a group of morons as this one. Clearly inbreeding rendered them "incapable of saving their estate" it rendered them INCAPABLE of even making a decision! These losers couldn't have held on to that orchard and house if they had money- one of them gives away everything she has to a less than scrupulous lover (who not surprisingly keeps sending her telegrams entreating her to return to him in Paris) another spends his time repeatedly saying the phrase "yellow ball in the side pocket".... the whole thing reminded me that I had not yet mentioned the meal we had on Saturday night (LOL- just wait for it...)

an excellent pizza place in Cortez right next to the best ice cream in town (Tyler's Homemade)

the above pizza is called Adam's Favorite but it my favorite as well!

but back to the stupid people who couldn't bother to make a move to save their own estate- - - Society is breaking down, the servants are dancing in the ball room with the local bureaucrats... people wander in and out of scenes making statements that don't make any sense...

after having listened to the drivel coming out of the characters mouth's last night I read literary criticism of the play and see there are many levels and of course even during the play I was aware of the issues of the time period with the end of the aristocracy in Russia... but even with all this context I found their inability to make a decision and to take action seriously annoying............


so out with the old year and in with the new- here is the upcoming 15-16 season for FSU/Asolo

and they are also starting to release the 15-16 season of the Asolo Rep -

so we will see what next year brings- and since I am heading next week (for the first time) to the Florida Studio Theater - that season will be added into the choices we have--- as well as some more music at Phil's favorite venue- Fogartyville! Stay tuned... as we are off to the SFF (film festival) tomorrow for our day one of entertainment!....

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