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The Changeling's Lament by by shira lipkin

I have studied so hard
to pass as one of you.
I’ve spent a lifetime on it.

I have tells.
Blisters, tremors, bruises,
all the signs that I was not meant for your world,
was not meant to be contained
in your clothes,
your shoes.
I have this terribly inconvenient allergy
to cold iron.
Hives, really.
Welts.
I stand out.

When I was little,
I asked my alleged mother,
what’s a girl?

She said
you,
you’re a girl,
and she laced me into dresses
(that I tore off in the school parking lot,
in line for the bus).
Laced me into ballet shoes
that left blisters
and bloodied my feet
until I had calluses.
Which she had filed off,
beauticians pinning me down,
because it’s not beauty
if you don’t bleed.

My dancing was different.
My dancing was swaying treelike,
or launching myself across the room,
spinning madly,
but that is not what girls do,
not human girls,
not ladylike,
not contained.

And everything
is about containment
is about being delicate
and pretty
laced into corsets
whalebone stays digging into your ribs
because it’s not beauty
if it doesn’t hurt.

But I studied.
I pretended.
I hid the bruises
and the tics.
I hid the big dark parts of me.
I tamed my hair.
I watched my mouth.
I hid my magic.
I did not speak of such things
because we do not speak of such things –
not anger,
not homesickness,
not longing.
Not this sense
that I don’t know what the hell
a human girl is
and I can tell, I can,
that everyone knows I don’t belong here.
I laugh too loud;
I am too fast or slow to laugh.
I am an anthropologist in the field of girl.
I study
but none of it
ever comes
naturally.

None of it is in my nature.

I am something larger,
more fluid,
less constrained.
But I am stranded in this place.
I have had to learn how to live here.
I have tried.
So hard.

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ASSASSINS at the Menier: Complete Transcript & In-depth Description PART 6 of 13

As seen in the week of 3rd Feb 2015, with Aaron Tveit as John Wilkes Booth, Simon Lipkin as The Proprietor, Jamie Parker as The Balladeer, Andy Nyman as Charles Guiteau, David Roberts as Leon Czolgosz, Stewart Clarke as Giuseppe Zangara, Carly Bawden as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, Catherine Tate as Sara Jane Moore, Harry Morrison as John Hinckley Jr., Mike McShane as Samuel Byck, Melle Stewart as Emma Goldman, Greg Miller Burns as David Herold, and Aoife Nally, Marc Akinfolarin, and Adam Bayjou as Bystanders.

This series is posted solely as a textual record of the musical Assassins as staged by Jamie Lloyd at the Menier Chocolate Factory between 11/2014-3/2015, documented to the best of our ability from a few performances during Aaron Tveit’s final week. It features as detailed a description of all action as possible alongside every line (presented as in the original book where not edited to reflect the show) in an attempt to capture the average performance by this particular cast as observed in the few caught in this single week. It will cover the entire performance, split into 13 sections to be posted over time.

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PART 6: THE GUN SONG
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Assassins Review

I have three letters for you…wow. That’s all you need to know. Never have I watched a more intense off West-End production that blew me away.  

First of all last talk about the superb casting, Andy Nyman, Catherine Tate, Carly Bawden, Simon Lipkin, Mike McShane, David Robert, Stewart Clarke, Harry Morrison, Aaron Tveit, Jamie Parker. For somebody who is totally and utterly in love with Aaron Tviet I was very intrigued to see how he could pull of such a low voiced character as John Wilks Booth (as he has a tenor voice.) But of course he pulled it off and really made his ‘Ballad of the Booth’ ballad his own. Had me in tears, at the ups and downs the song offered. Jamie Parker, Lee Harvey Oswald, had a remarkable job living up to the standards of the infamous Neil Patrick Harris, but it was very safe to say he did. Tho they played the same characters, in two different productions, you could not compare them as Parker really did portray a more innocent Oswald, especially one that gripped the attention from my very enthused Father, sitting next to me. Who then commented that he “couldn’t take his eyes off the guy, he was so intriguing, always acting on stage, even when he wasn’t in the spot light.”

Needless to say, all the actors were doing the above, acting whilst still on stage, but he was trying to say how everything he subtly reacted too, and just one of the many talented performers in the show that caught is eye.

I know what you must be thinking, “What was Catherine Tate like?!” now, I must answer the question honestly, and what I saw from her performance. I truly believe Tate, Jane Moore, tied her absolute best when it came to her performance, and did incredibly well to keep up with such high standards the musical had to give us, but I also felt she was very out of her depth and you could see that occasionally in her face. I will give credit, where credit is due that she did tickle my funny bone, especially in ‘Gun Song’. However I did notice that she occasionally marked her singing, and dropped out, simply miming the words. As somebody who performs a lot, and in less intense circumstances, I know how straining your voice, especially with a Sondheim piece, can get but when you are in such an intimate theatre, like the Meniere Chocolate factory, it is harder to get away with things like marking. But still I believe she did very well and credit to her.

Now, I did briefly mention the stage, and above you will see a lay out of the theatre its self, we were sitting in the seats, A22 and A23, and I couldn’t of asked for better seats. During the performance you could’ve reached out touched the actors (I didn’t… although I rEALLY WANTED TO), they were on the same floor level as the audience and never once left the stage. It was phenomenal. The setting was very bland with a quite terrifying clowns had model, a battered bumper car and some chairs. Everything was used affectively and not a thing went to waste. You really felt like you were at an eerie abandoned carnival, due to how cold the theatre was and how close you were to the set and marvellous. It was just spectacular and I couldn’t fault a thing.

Music and Book. I firmly believe this is one of Sondheim’s greatest ever musicals, and yet it is almost forgetting in the musical theatre community. The piece is so intellectual and factual that after I must admit t thoroughly looking more into these “Assassins” and there traits and stories. I always knew Sondheim is a clever man, one to really get you thinking, but this truly topped it. The way at the end all the Assassins came together to persuade Lee Harvey Oswald to Assassinate JFK, the way he had all the characters communicate and bond was truly remarkable. I had already listened to the 2004 Broadway cast and so I knew how beautiful yet quirky the piece did sound, but too see it live in action, too see how each song/monologue was cleverly blocked was astounding.

On the whole I can conclude that Assassins was one of the greatest musical pieces I’ve ever watched (…something I do say quite a lot with nearly every musical I have seen…) and am so glad I got to experience it as my first Off-West-End show. What was the best part? Obviously meeting Aaron Tveit at the end! And getting a selfie with him, and him to sign my drawing. P.S he also said he “loved” my Enjolras case ;) I truly could write so much more about the Musical, and maybe I will if I post audio’s etc…and I am truly gutted that it finishes on the 7th of March because if I had the chance I could watch it all over again. I want to experience the atmosphere all over again, to cry when I saw Arron Tveit in person for the first time, to gasp at some gun shots that startled me, and to grin heavily at Sondheim’s cleverly written songs, to give another standing ovation to a well-deserved performance. I WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN!

5 Star rating.

This is theatre nerd signing off for her first review. Hope you enjoyed and keep supporting. Good night and good day to my fellow “theatre-lovers.”

Megan.

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Fox News Contributor Worries Trans Awareness in Schools Will Turn Kids Into Cocker Spaniels – VIDEO

Fox News is in a tizzy because of “indoctrination” in Maine where “kids as young as five are getting lessons about transgender issues.”

A panel voiced concern because Horace Mitchell Primary School students were read the book I Am Jazz, the story of a transgender child Jazz Jennings who has become a spokesperson for transkids.

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The best tonic, the best all-purpose aid to the feeling of well-being I know, is pleasure - just plain, simple fun.
—  Mack Lipkin M.D. - The Care of Patients
ASSASSINS at the Menier: Complete Transcript & In-depth Description PART 5 of 13

As seen in the week of 3rd Feb 2015, with Aaron Tveit as John Wilkes Booth, Simon Lipkin as The Proprietor, Jamie Parker as The Balladeer, Andy Nyman as Charles Guiteau, David Roberts as Leon Czolgosz, Stewart Clarke as Giuseppe Zangara, Carly Bawden as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, Catherine Tate as Sara Jane Moore, Harry Morrison as John Hinckley Jr., Mike McShane as Samuel Byck, Melle Stewart as Emma Goldman, Greg Miller Burns as David Herold, and Aoife Nally, Marc Akinfolarin, and Adam Bayjou as Bystanders.

This series is posted solely as a textual record of the musical Assassins as staged by Jamie Lloyd at the Menier Chocolate Factory between 11/2014-3/2015, documented to the best of our ability from a few performances during Aaron Tveit’s final week. It features as detailed a description of all action as possible alongside every line (presented as in the original book where not edited to reflect the show) in an attempt to capture the average performance by this particular cast as observed in the few caught in this single week. It will cover the entire performance, split into 13 sections to be posted over time.

THANKS FOR READING! PLEASE DO NOT REPRODUCE ANY TEXT FROM THESE POSTS!

PART 5: WHAT DOES A MAN DO + FROMME & MOORE I
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[ Authors ]
T. Rauscher, W. Böhmer, K.-L. Kratz, W. Balogh, H. Oberhummer
[ Abstract ]
We calculate neutron capture cross sections for r-process nucleosynthesis in the $^{48}$Ca region, namely for the isotopes $^{40-44}$S, $^{46-50}$Ar, $^{56-66}$Ti, $^{62-68}$Cr, and $^{72-76}$Fe. While previously only cross sections resulting from the compound nucleus reaction mechanism (Hauser-Feshbach) have been considered, we recalculate not only that contribution to the cross section but also include direct capture on even-even nuclei. The level schemes, which are of utmost importance in the direct capture calculations, are taken from quasi-particle states obtained with a folded-Yukawa potential and Lipkin-Nogami pairing. Most recent deformation values derived from experimental data on $\beta$-decay half lives are used where available. Due to the consideration of direct capture, the capture rates are enhanced and the “turning points” in the r-process path are shifted to slightly higher mass numbers. We also discuss the sensitivity of the direct capture cross sections on the assumed deformation.

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LE JEU D’ÉCHECS NUCLÉAIRE DE L’ISLAM

Par Erik Lee – Le 31 mars 2015

Alors que les grands médias mettent l’accent sur les négociations entre les États-Unis, l’Europe et l’Iran afin de décélérer le programme nucléaire de l’Iran, aujourd’hui, 31 mars, l’ancien  porte-parole des Forces de Défense d’Israël et auteur, Avi Lipkin, (alias Victor Mordecia), a publié une mise à jour des nouvelles qui révèle des informations « qui est très…

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