OK everyone - here’s the deal. I had my appointment Tuesday afternoon with my liver doctor, Dr. Elena Ferran, and received her diagnosis - “Hepatitis B (acute) - meaning I have a non-chronic liver inflammation caused by a virus. To quote the material she gave me: ...”Acute is the medical term for sudden onset ... the symptoms of acute hepatitis B usually resolve within three months as the body eliminates the virus or brings it under control. There is no specific treatment ... in 95% of adults the immune system controls the infection.”
What this all means is - we are now in a monitoring mode. The cataract surgery has been postponed. I feel fine, I really do and I have absolutely determined that if the events of 9/11/01, and its aftermath, did not deter Billi Pod, then neither will a fucking virus ... so, let’s move on, OK? I do not want to get into a “how come/what if?” modality, OK?
I do, however, want to thank all of you loyal and faithful readers and lifetime friends for your emails, calls, texts and postings. They meant very much to me - THANK YOU!
Moving on ... this is what Billi Pod’s entertainment schedule has been for the past several days and what it will be for the remainder of the week -
Sunday - February 14 - 7:00 - “Equivocation” - Off Broadway. “Bill Cain's new play, set in 1606 England, begins when William Shakespeare is commissioned to write a new play about the Gunpowder Plot, a recently failed attempt to blow up Parliament and the Monarchy.” (discounted TDF ticket).
Well, for most of the show I didn’t have a clue what in the Hell was going on, but, and a big but, the acting was outstanding and that kept me around for the entire show.
Monday - 8:30am - blood work; 8:00pm - “The Miracle Worker” - Broadway. This is the press blurb for this show in very early previews: “When Annie Sullivan began teaching a young Helen Keller, she found a girl raging against a world she couldn't understand. But Annie knew that inside this wild child was a brilliant mind fighting to be heard. As the two worked together and their friendship blossomed, Helen transformed from a girl no one believed in to a woman who would inspire millions.” (discounted TDF ticket).
This is a wonderful show. The role of Helen is played by Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and her father by Matthew Modine, a role I played eons ago for Bartow Performing Arts Council (BPAC).
Tuesday - February 16 - 12:30pm - appointment with liver doctor; 7:00 - “Yank! A WWII Love Story” - Off Broadway. This was the first preview performance of this production by The York Theater Company - “Set during World War II, Yank! chronicles the relationship between two servicemen long before "Don't-ask-don't-tell" was part of the national discussion. With a lively score inspired by the pop sounds of the 1940's, Yank! captures the spirit and exuberance of the era as it explores questions of prejudice, courage and survival.” (discounted TDF ticket).
Man, this is an outstanding show. The sold-out audience was really into it and gave the cast a roaring standing ovation, which was much-deserved.
Wednesday - 8:00 - “Extinction” - Off Broadway. “Gabe McKinley's play portrays what transpires between two college buddies whose annual outing of male-bonding and debauchery veers precipitously off course when unmet expectations spiral into a volatile showdown.” (discounted TDF ticket).
Hummmmm ... why do I think this will be a show with so-called “dark” humor and a lot of anger and shouting? We will see.
Thursday - 8:00 - “Next Fall” - Broadway. “After a critically acclaimed, sold-out run Off Broadway last summer, Geoffrey Nauffts's new play now arrives on Broadway. Taking a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love, the show goes beyond a typical love story. Luke believes in God and his partner Adam believes in everything else. The story portrays the ups and downs of this unlikely couple's five-year relationship with sharp humor and unflinching honesty. And when an accident changes everything, Adam must turn to Luke's family and friends for support and answers.” (discounted TDF ticket). I saw this show during its Off Broadway run and liked it a lot.
Friday - 8:00 - “The Capitol Steps” - Off Broadway. “In December 1981, some staffers in the office of a Senator, thought they would perform a little Nativity skit for the office Christmas party. "But in the whole Congress, we couldn't find three wise men and a virgin," they said, so they put on a satirical revue instead. No trouble finding material for that. Nearly 4,500 performances later, the group now called the Capitol Steps is coming back to The Big Apple.” (discounted TDF ticket).
I have seen this talented group perform several times and they are always gut-busting funny, unless, of course, you happen to be the subject of their material/skits.
Saturday and Sunday are open at the moment but you know they will be filled soon.
OK, my loyal and faithful readers, it is now time to post this and then head out to my physical therapy session, so .....
“Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.”