Saturday, June 21, 2014

And here we have Idaho...

Well, here we are in the glittering urbane metropolis of Shelley, Idaho. The town's primary claim to fame is growing potatoes, and its annual festival is named Spud Days. The high school football team is the Russets, and the school mascot is a big baking potato with a cape and a crown. No, I'm not making any of this up.
Yeah, you think I'm joking...
Captain Midnight's older brother and family moved here about a year ago, so we're staying with them for a few days before continuing our journey to Utah. At the moment CM is performing some arcane geekery with the house wi-fi in hopes of getting it to work better on every floor. (If you're reading this, it probably means he succeeded.)

This evening we went to the historic Virginia Theater (pressed tin ceiling and all) to watch a local theatrical production of Arsenic and Old Lace. It was surprisingly good for a local theater production. (That sounds like damning with faint praise, but I hope you know what I mean -- community theater can vary drastically in quality from place to place.) Surprisingly, the standout actor wasn't the lead who played Mortimer Brewster, though he wasn't half bad. The best of the lot was Chris Brunt, the actor who played his brother Jonathan. He gave the character a reading I've never seen before, much more Ted Bundy than Boris Karloff -- capable of being externally charming, but also primed to turn violent at a moment's notice. It made the character, and the performance, that much more interesting to watch.

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