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July 16th, 2016

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02:35 pm - Hamilton Things
(1) We saw Daveed Diggs's last show!

I did not even realize it until the day of the performance - he is definitely one of my faves (which I can't say without saying "No, they're all my faves, everybody is my fave") and, like, that bit in "Washington On Your Side" that goes:

I’m in the cabinet. I am complicit in
Watching him grabbin’ at power and kiss it
If Washington isn’t gon’ listen
To disciplined dissidents, this is the difference:
This kid is out!

It was... astonishing and delightful.

(2) There was a drunk guy sitting next to me. He took two drinks into him from the bar, one on top of the other. At the intermission I was telling my sister various Fun Stories From History which I mostly learned either from Tumblr or the Chernow biography and he leaned over and said to me, "You know so much about history. You know more than anybody else in this theater."

I spent way too much of the second act hissing at him "PLEASE STOP TALKING." Which actually didn't diminish my enjoyment of the show overall that much because I more or less know all the words by heart -- but SERIOUSLY, people, it's not a movie, it's live theater that SOME of us have spend seven months waiting for, it's something that I'll never get a chance to see again. (I'm sure I'll see other productions of Hamilton, but with any of the original cast?) You can save your hot take for after the show.

(3) I liked that you can't see "Helpless" as just a happy love song. I mean, that's right there in the song -- the title is "Helpless"! -- but it has such resonance for me as a happy love song that's also kind of foolish and kind of doomed and... not in a way where you can laugh at Eliza or look down on her.

(4) Sydney James Harcourt, one of Burr's understudies, played Burr. I thought he wasn't as strong a singer as Leslie Odom Jr -- but really, who is? -- but I liked him very much as an actor; he played up Burr's funny side really well, right until "The Room Where It Happens," which was all the more amazing because you really got a sense of that transformation; you really got a sense of what it felt like inside his head. Seriously one of the best things I've ever seen in my whole life.

(5) People can make things that are really beautiful. This is important when everything else feels petty and full of the thousand things that don't really matter but can't help but drag you down.

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