Crystal City was the place to be yesterday. We metroed in and walked down to Crystal Drive to take in some of the Marine Corps Marathon. Mile 23 was ran there, bringing back memories of my one and only Marathon, which I ran in San Francisco in 1991.
The last three miles can be brutal, and for some of the runners yesterday, I could see their struggles to just hang on. The mental aspect of dealing with "The Wall" was compounded by the fact that this portion of the course on Crystal Drive is laid out as a loop. This means the runners headed south pass right by those going north to the finish line, making the distance seem even longer. But the support crews and cheerleaders were active and shouted out their words of encouragement. One lady carried a sign that said - "There is only one f---ing option – finish!"
After lunch at Jaleos, we walked over to Synetic Theater to see “Othello.” The play is part of the Silent Shakespeare Festival. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but came away blown away by a brilliantly creative performance.
Read Jordan Wright’s spot-on review and then get thee over to see this magnificent production – (final performance on November 6).
Paata Tsikurishvili, you are an amazing Director, as is your choreographer and better half Irina. Praise also to Konstantine Lortkipanidze whose original score channeled Pink Floyd and Star Trek, bended notes wickedly, sampled hard rock riffs, and produced otherworldly sounds.
The actors not speaking means you better read the synopsis, but their silence opens the door to expressing themselves in ways that project much more emotion.
Go see this play and congrats Marathon runners!