February 22, 2013

Dinner and a Show

Set of "Avenue Q", Lower Ossington Theatre, Toronto
I treated Mark to a special birthday experience this evening, by starting off with an incredible dinner at an Italian wine bar called Enoteca Sociale. We each had a 4-course prix fixe that was based on a Parmigiano Reggiano theme. 

We then walked over to the popular Ossington strip to Rock  Lobster for drinks.  

Then we took the few steps down the street to the Lower Ossington Theatre to take in a show of Avenue Q, winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book. 

We had front row seats so I snapped the picture above for a souvenir.  The musical was hilarious, with stand-out performances from the leads, Cassie Muise and Stephen Amon. Ms. Muise was especially strong and moving, with a powerful vocal delivery and presence. We were pleased to see two Kingston connections in the cast: Kingston native Michael Donnelly was perfect as the comic-relief, gravelly-voiced Trekkie Monster, and Queen's alum Shruti Kothari played the fictional version of child actor "Gary Coleman" 

I'll leave you with some lyrics from one of Kate Monster's best songs: "There's a fine, fine line between together and not/And there's a fine, fine line between what you wanted and what you got/ You gotta go after the things you want while you're still in your prime...". 

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