Please Note

The next time you say that Barney Frank ignored warnings from the GOP about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2004, you might want to know that he wasn’t the head of the Financial Services Committee until 2007.

So he really couldn’t do anything until 2007.

And this will be one of the first posts I have relating politics, which my interest is being rekindled in.

Things I Don’t Care About and Do Care About: Week of March 23-30

Things I Don’t Care About:

-AIG. This is just getting out of hand.

-Octomom. But I do care about Octomom jokes.

-How much you’re not looking forward to “High School Musical” at the Waterloo Community Playhouse. Can I find someone that is looking forward to it?

-Shawn Johnson. I have a friend that won’t be pleased with that, but I just don’t care.

-The Four Billy’s.

-What new thing is being turned into a musical that the world can do without. I don’t have the space in my brain to keep track of this.

-“Monsters Vs. Aliens.” I read A.O. Scott’s review. That’s all I need to know about it. Well, I also read the title of the Wall Street Journal review.

Things I Do Care About:

-The Hypocrites’ 2009-2010 Season.

-The fact that I know what three of the four plays at CFCT are, but not the fourth one.

-How the plays at CSPS were.

-How great “God of Carnage” and “Exit the King” are.

-How much “Impressionism” sucks.

-David Mamet’s new play, “Race”, being directed by him.

-What Senator Grassley said.

-Devo having a new album coming out.

-The trailer for “Where the Wild Things Are

Yes, He’s the Senator From Iowa

I’m actually sad I didn’t post this yesterday after I read it on my cellphone (I was busy seeing Shaw, taking care of college stuff).

Anyway, Thursday during a Senate Budget Committee meeting, Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa said to Kent Conrad of North Dakota, “I’d like to suggest to the chairman that he might want to support this because, you remember, you asked me two years ago not to take a vote on it and you said if we did take a vote on it you might not get your budget resolution adopted. So I did not ask for a vote on it and you said it was a very statesmanlike thing for me to do at that particular time and so I would hope that you would return the favor.”

Conrad laughed and said, “You know, I used to like you. Let me just say: Oh, you are good.”

“Well, your wife said the same thing,” Grassley retorted.

In short, the honorable Republican senator from Iowa made a “That’s what she said” joke.

(From the Huffington Post, which also has the CSPAN clip of it.)

MTC’s New Season Not As Exciting As The Hypocrites

The Manhattan Theatre Club announced (most of) their 2009-2010 season the other day. According to Variety, the season is to include “The Royal Family” (which my mom did in high school), Donald Margulies’ “Collected Stories” and “Time Stands Still” (which ran in L.A. and was reviewed in the New York Times).

The article also states that they’re cutting out a show from their season due to the fact that most theaters aren’t doing well. (It also doesn’t help that “To Be or Not to Be” bombed.)

What makes me scratch my head is why they’re cutting a show off of their off-Broadway season and not their Broadway season. Wouldn’t that ultimately cut costs?

The Hypocrites’ New Season Restores My Faith in Humanity

I’ll be honest, I haven’t had a good week so far. It’s the result of a lot of things, including people getting upset over an article I wrote that was published two weeks ago.

So last night, I went on to Time Out Chicago’s website last night and saw that the most recent post on the TOC blog was entitled “Willcommmen to the new Hypocrites season.”

They’re doing “Cabaret”?, I thought as I clicked on the link.

The Hypocrites’ 2009-2010 includes “Frankenstein”, adapted and directed by artistic director Sean Graney; Jean-Paul Sarte’s “No Exit” (also directed by Graney), and “Cabaret.”

Although it’s not going to be directed by Graney, but by Matt Hawkins of the House Theatre, I’m still fairly excited.

Really, that made my day. I have more to look forward to when I move to Chicago.

Willkommen to the new Hypocrites season” (TOC)