My Life in Boston

💫 by Lillian Lee

Month: June 2017

Pride & Prejudice at The Footlight Club

This community production of Jane Austen‘s Pride & Prejudice by The Footlight Club was chock full of laughter and surprise. I didn’t think there could be anything further to explore with the story considering the 1995 BBC version and 2005 film. But, I was wrong – so absolutely wrong.

As a Jane Austen fan who visited her home in Chawton and visited the British Library just to see her writing desk, I loved the play from beginning to end.

The cast all brought something new to these well-loved, iconic characters. I daresay that I preferred this production’s take on Mary, Mrs. Bennet, and…Mr. Darcy. Because of the focus on comedy, the actors and actresses were able to bring out the more endearing qualities of the characters. This was especially true of Mary, the middle Bennet sister who is often depicted as the third wheel and very one-dimensional – aka, annoying AF. But, in this play, Mary is…pretty cool. She’s definitely in her own world, but isn’t a complete asshole about it.

Along with the wonderful cast, the set was beautiful. That moment when the curtains parted to reveal the sitting room, amazed me. They were able to do so much with that one set. That is skill. Also, I couldn’t stop staring at the flickering lights of the chandelier. I wanted that chandelier and that lighting for my own home

The theater itself is a historic space. It’s America’s oldest community theater and was built not long after the novel was published – kinda makes the experience all the more memorable.

A well-deserved bravo bravo to the cast, crew and all the people who made this possible! Thanks to the husband for finding out about this play just in the nick of time because we caught the very last show on Saturday at 8PM.

Check out The Footlight Club Facebook page for more about the cast & crew – absolutely loved the Q&As and behind-the-scene photos.

The theatre transported me back in time. I loved the high ceilings, the creakiness of the wooden floor, and the old seats (which I found charming, but will be replaced with brand new ones very soon…apparently with arms this time).

PS. I’d like to give a shout-out to Jane Ko the stage manager because she wrote the most epic of profiles. Her Emma Stone burn was brilliant 🔥


7 Eliot St
Boston, Massachusetts
(Jamaica Plain neighborhood)

Adapted from the Novel by Jane Austen / Pride and Prejudice By Jane Kendall
Directed by Kristin Hughes
Produced by David J. Rodrigues

Cast
Anna Chensny as Elizabeth Bennett
Corey Exline as Jane Bennett
Katie Suchyta as Mary Bennett
Aiden O’Neal as Kitty Bennett
Shannon DeBari as Lydia Bennett
Andrea Giangreco as Mrs. Bennett
Jack Sinnot as Mr. Bennett
David S. Wright Mr. Darcy
Jimi McEvoy as Mr. Bingley
John Knight as Mr. Collins
Lauren Murphy as Ms. Bingley
Allie Meek as Charlotte Lucas
Mary O’Donnell as Lady Catherine
Catherine Verow Quintana as Lady Lucas
Matthew Harker as Mr. Wickham
Paul Campbell as Hill

Laughing Monk Cafe, Thai by Day & Sushi by Night

The Mister has been talking about the Laughing Monk Cafe for awhile now and, truth be told, I was a bit hesitant because although I find Thai food to be quite delicious, I never have a serious craving for it. It’s never a type of cuisine that’ll pop up first on my list. Besides, very few can beat out tacos/burritos and tater tots.

But, we went the other week. And…

o.m.g. It was absolutely amazing – a blend of Thailand and Japan. Who knew?

We opted for the omakase menu so that we could get a tasting of a variety of bites. It was a mix of traditional Thai dishes and really creative sushi. The dishes that stole our hearts? Chef Nick’s signature sushi creations in nigiri style – a lot of new, interesting flavors that will keep us going back for more.

Below were our favorites. We forgot what the rest of the sushi were but all we remembered was that they were delicious.

BBQ ribs were so tender

Chicken wings with basil

Dragon Seeds: salmon belly, spicy ginger, aiori, golden berry, and edible silver leaf. This was magical.

Laughing Monk Cafe is a Thai and Sushi restaurant in Brigham Circle. We offer a quick lunch and casual style full service dinner.
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For the sushi bar, Chef Nick Korboon acquires fresh ingredients every morning before starting his creations at the sushi bar. His masterpieces
may change based on the fresh vegetables or edible micro-flowers available on that day.

Our Thai kitchen is supervised by Chef Dacha, young man from E-sarn, the northeastern part of Thailand. – You can find his authentic Thai flavors in our Small Dish menu when spicy means spicy.

Special dishes from Chef Nick and Chef Dacha are reserved for dining-in only.

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