perfect balance with fullness of fruit and appealing honeyed caramel/toffee notes matched by a clean uncloying
finish of great length."
The service is attentive but unobtrusive, uncloying
. These waiters have eyes in the back of their head.
Tempi were uncloying
, gorgeous countermelodies were well assimilated, momentum ebbed and flowed like a breathing organism, and the music's underlying sense of mystery and indeed ominousness was never far away.
Looking fabulous in her flamboyant wardrobe (designed by Lee Choong-yeon), Yun winningly embodies that pleasant, loopy, slightly too-talkative grandmother everyone's either encountered or been related to, imbuing the old woman with an uncloying
joie de vivre and simple desire for human connection that cuts to the heart; in sadder moments, she does most of her acting with her eyes, which can make her look terribly vulnerable and alone.
Saba goes on to compare Lina to a "lanky dog" a "timid rabbit" a swallow and a "farseeing ant;' as well as, more riskily, to a "pregnant heifer." (This last simile should come, like certain television ads, with a warning to fledgling poets: do not try this yourself at home!) The poem, which could have dissolved into grotesque twaddle, instead works beautifully, not only because Saba maintains his tender but uncloying
tone throughout, but because he closely and lovingly observes the creatures with which he compares Lina.
Angel-face aside, he has a range which spans his uncloying
portrayal of a mentally disabled boy in What's Eating Gilbert Grape to Shakespeare's Romeo.
The poems, though, are not cold portrayals, but are infused with an uncloying
sincerity and an understanding of human tragedy that is very much lacking in American poetry.
A putting-on-a-show Britcom that bounces along on its energy and offbeat humor, "Nativity!" is uncloying
entertainment that gives family fare a good name.
Whatever the case, Julian Smith conducts with uncloying
emotion, and the orchestra responds magnificently.
Thornton makes for an unusually self-deprecating but entirely plausible Crockett, bringing a friendly, uncloying
down-home quality to the most famous defender of the Alamo.
Phrasing was fresh (matched in the supple orchestra), allied to a well-focussed, uncloying
tone; emotional contours were perceptively coloured, as in the quietly affecting chalumeau sections of the adagio.
Playing a poor girl who at the eleventh hour discovers her aristo background while vanquishing the snobbery and condescension around her, Yelland possesses a bright smile and a winning, uncloying
way with turns of phrase -- "capital," "ripping," "thanks awfully" -- that tend to pall after 2 1/2 hours.