by Elena Lynch The message of this thoughtfully directed and excellently acted production is that life is only about love and jazz. Adapted from Boris Vian’s L’Ecume des Jours, Crescendos in Blue is a whimsical mixture of fantasy and realism. One of the more unusual aspects of this production is its inventive staging. The audience is seated around a central acting space on the floor, but the actors are far from confined to this space. The action takes place directly in front and around you, on the balcony behind and the small platform at the front. Every available space is used. Actors crawl past your feet, shout down from above, sit amongst you and glide behind your backs. The disadvantage of this ambitious staging is that the audience’s view is sometimes blocked, and you have to strain to peer round at things behind and above you. However, it immediately involves you in the lives of the characters, the “six teenagers and a mouse” as the introductory talk tells you. They fall in love but ultimately lose that love. It’s poignant and sad in several places, as well as being amusing. The painful moments of being a teenager, such as having that first dance together, are briefly but vividly brought to life by the actors. Particularly notable is Barthélémy Meridjen (Colin), who gets a lot of laughs when he gets carried away passionately kissing his own hand whilst pretending it is Chloe, the girl he’s in love with. This realistic presentation of teenage life is balanced with more surreal scenes. The bizarre puppet scene featuring a conversation between a mouse and a cat completely confused me. In other scenes, characters confide in the mouse and show you what they are imagining. They immerse you in their fantasies and their whirlwind world of parties, friendship and love as soon as the play begins, helped by the fantastic playing of Les Alcolytes, an up-and-coming French Jazz band. They give the play passion and atmosphere. Unfortunately, sometimes they were too loud and it was a strain to hear the actors’ voices. Crescendos in Blue is not a conventional play, and it is worth paying attention to the talk before the start. Although this talk is a bit too long, it does provide some useful insight into the play’s peculiarities. The heart of the play does overcome these, and what you really remember afterwards is the bittersweet story beautifully brought to life. A lot of care and thought has gone into every aspect of this piece, from set and costumes to the musicians who join in the dancing. If you fancy a break this week and want to try something a bit different, then go and experience it. Crescendos in Blue runs at the Maison Francaise through Saturday, October 27th at 7:30 pm. On Saturday, there is a 4 pm matinee.
It has been a busy summer and we are excited to share what we have been up to! Dell EMC Cloud Snapshot Manager is now part of the PowerProtect Software Family! Moving forward, Cloud Snapshot Manager will be called Dell EMC PowerProtect Cloud Snapshot Manager. As part of this release we have added some new features to CSM.The protection of cloud native workloads is becoming more of a challenge. Cloud providers only offer rudimentary tools for the creation and deletion of snapshots. This can be cumbersome when customers have many cloud accounts and a large number of workloads to protect. Many enterprises who have adopted a multi-cloud strategy are facing a challenge in protecting workloads across multiple clouds in a uniform and seamless manner. Using different tools for each cloud is unmanageable and costly. As a result, customers are faced with being vulnerable with regards to protection of their workloads in the cloud and are bearing high monthly cloud costs as snapshots have proliferated in their environment.Dell EMC has a SaaS offering catered to solving this growing issue. For those of you that are not familiar with CSM, Cloud Snapshot Manager is a SaaS solution making it easy for customers to protect workloads in public cloud environments (AWS, Azure) – without requiring installation or infrastructure. Customers can discover, orchestrate and automate the protection of workloads across multiple clouds based on policies for seamless backup and disaster recovery.CSM breaks cloud silos, allowing customers to use one tool to protect workloads across multiple clouds. Designed for any size cloud infrastructure, CSM scales as your organization and data grows. The automatic assignment of resources to protection policies based on tags is essential to achieve auto-scaling in the cloud with the peace of mind that your resources are protected.In this quarters release we are proud to announce the following featuresCSM now supports the protection of Blob storage containers in Azure with granular Blob object level recovery. More and more cloud native applications are taking advantage of the Blob storage containers — you must ensure that the data is protected and easily recoverable.Expansion of the REST API to facilitate greater automationPowerProtect Cloud Snapshot Manager has also been added as a promotion for new PowerProtect Software, Data Protection Suite, and DPS4VM customers. New customers are entitled to 20 instances of CSM for 6 months, free! Talk with your account rep to learn more about this promotion!If you are considering trying CSM for your cloud native workloads feel free to take advantage of our free 30-day trial. Make sure to follow us on social for updates in the future and feel free to check out our other data protection blogs. All for now and we look forward to hearing from you!