It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s dlevy! My Wedding Toast

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Yesterday, one of my oldest best friends, Benjamin, got married to one of my newer best friends,Stephanie, and it was awesome. I had the privilege of being the groom’s best man, so I was asked to toast the couple during the reception. Behind the cut, my toast, which is probably only interesting to people who know the couple.

However, since Benjamin and I initially met through blogging, it seems only right that I preserve my words here.

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It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s dlevy! On Theatrical Souvenirs

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When I was little, my parents took me to see a lot of live theater. At first, our excursions were primarily to community theaters and semi-professional productions. When I was eight years old, they took me to my first “first-class” production, the first national tour of Big River. I was already familiar with the show from our cassette of the original cast recording, but I was so swept away by the magic of theater that I was hooked for life. Before long, that cassette was supplemented by a paperback copy of the script and the piano/vocal selections of the score. I loved the show so much, I wanted to own a piece of it, and this was how I did it.

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It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s dlevy! Godspell

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I was in New York City this weekend primarily to see Merrily We Roll Along at Encores. It turns out that my friend Sarah, who lives in Philadelphia, was also coming in for Merrily, so we decided to take in another show together.

There’s nothing I was particularly dying to see, but I’ve been curious about the Broadway revival of Godspell at Circle in the Square. Godspell is one of those scores I can listen to on repeat – I own at least five different recordings of it. But I’ve only ever seen a mostly-female summer camp production and the film. I wanted to direct a production of it in college for my Hillel drama club — no, really, I had both a great concept for it and a good reason for doing it at Hillel — but the program director of Hillel convinced me that there are enough people telling the Jesus story out there, maybe the Jewish organization that puts on two plays a year could pick something else…. So we did Children of Eden instead. But I digress… So despite my somewhat lukewarm reaction to the cast recording for the current production, I suggested we try our luck at the lottery for $32 “pillow seats.”

Okay, when I say “we” I really mean “she” because I was at dinner with a bevy of theater bloggers & tweeters while the lottery was taking place – and I was thrilled to get the text message saying we’d won!  Continue reading

It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s dlevy! 5 Tips for Better Live-Tweeting

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Those of us who love Twitter are, by this point, used to answering the questions of the uninitiated who don’t understand the point of 140-character microblogging. When I am called to Twitter’s defense, I always find myself waxing rhapsodic about live-tweeting, the phenomenon of participants in an event sharing the highlights with their followers who can’t be there in person.

When done right, live-tweeting can extend the reach of conferences, lectures, and other collective experiences. But when handled poorly, all it does is clog up your followers’ feeds and aggravate those you’re trying to help. So I’ve compiled a list of best practices I’ve seen to help us all be better live-tweeters.  Continue reading