Saturday, November 19, 2005

Measure for Measure

We moved to Milwaukee from England in 1981. There wasn't any underground engineering work [involving big lumps of rock] of any scope in the UK at that time and the U.S. seemed preferable to Libya, the only other work alternative for my husband. While the Libyan pay was great, the fact that one had to sign a contract stating that you understood that they would not be responsible for returning your body to its country of origin in case you met an untimely death while on Libyan soil was enough to put us off. Our U.S. options were Los Angeles, somewhere on the eastern border of Washington State and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Milwaukee won.

One of the first friends I made in Milwaukee was my daughter's English teacher and it just so happened that she was also from England. We had Easter dinner with her that first year we were in America and I remember meeting her son, Mark, who had moved back to England to study theatre. I hadn't really thought of these people for years until this past week when I discovered that the Mark Rylance, Artistic Director of the Globe Theatre in London, was the Mark that I'd met those many years ago.

This afernoon we went to see him in Measure for Measure at the Freud Theatre, UCLA and he was nothing short of brilliant. Spot on perfect.

It's L.A. so no theatre performance is without a number of big screen actors in the audience. This performance was no different. First my friend Betsy spotted Rita Wilson. Well, she thought she'd spotted her, but then thought it couldn't be Rita because she was dressed so carelessly. But then she saw Tom Hanks, so knew the Rita sighting was a solid one. She also saw them their Prius. Yea! Helen Hunt was also spotted, but we don't know what car she was driving.


Blogger BPW said...

Tom Hanks drives a Prius?!? I like him even more now!

I've always wondered what happened to the people I knew when I was young...who's doing great things, I want to know.

I've always wondered, too, about who I know now -- have I ever crossed paths with them before? I'm pretty sure my friend at work and I met seven years ago in Michigan. And you -- you lived in Milwaukee for awhile? I'm sure you've crossed paths with The Ex -- native of "scenic" Racine. :)

6:59 PM  
Blogger missjackie said...

I have yet to really have a celebrity siting. I wonder how I react. I would think that I wouldn't care, but you never know about these things. :-)

1:40 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

The Midwest is actually a very nice place to settle, and Wisconsin has great nature, I go camping there sometimes in the summer. I've been to Madison but not Milwaukee yet, so that is definitely a weekend-trip in the making, when the weather is nice again. I'm happy to hear that Mark found success in the tough business of acting, I love all the arts and luckily Chicago has great theater culture. I hope to go see WICKED next month!

6:40 PM  
Blogger Yidchick said...

I reckon when you're Rita Wilson, you can afford to dress carelessly. I once spotted Jonny Depp in torn jeans and an old T-shirt. Still perfect to me :-)

3:54 AM  
Blogger JB said...

That's so cool, Lin--as soon as I’m done commenting on this post I’m going to try and get tickets. “Measure for Measure” is one of my favorite Shakespearean plays. (I only like “Othello” better.)

Also, we saw Chuck Norris in Vegas this weekend, and he was walking around with a woman half his age.

I think your star spotting definitely beats mine! (Does Chuck even count anymore?!?)

9:43 AM  
Blogger junebee said...

That's cool. Was it a big adjustment moving from England to Milwaukee? But definitely better than Libya with that disturbing notice that they won't return the body...

I saw David Bowie in a hotel lobby in Philadelphia. Except I was afraid of him. I was about 11 at the time. I also got John Travolta's autograph on a drawing I did of him. Those are my close encounters with celebrities. My brother meets alot of them because he works in the NY television industry.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Ova Girl said...

I don't see stars around Sydney although I know they're there. Except Granny P (briefly) and Yidchick of course.

7:38 PM  
Blogger granny p said...

Beginning to wonder where you are, Lin. Somewhere nice I hope...

2:18 AM  

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