Friday, June 7, 2013

Yesterday’s Entertainment Doubleheader==>Split Decision.

Friday==>It is a dark and gloomy day here in the Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, lightly raining and basically ugly - 63º @ 2:00pm and the forecast is for more of the same for the remainder of the day and into the evening.

Not a very good way to begin the weekend, but, a gentle reminder to my Worker Bee friends==>your weekend doesn’t begin until at least 5:05pm, so stay in your cubicles, wait-stations, broom closets etc. until that time.

So, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, let’s begin this TGIF posting with Billi Pod’s report cards on yesterday’s entertainment doubleheader.

First of all ... in baseball parlance ... yesterday’s doubleheader was a “split-decision,” meaning ... win-one/lose-one.

The first event was a show called SEX TIPS FOR STRAIGHT WOMEN FROM A GAY MAN, which, I learned after picking up my comp. ticket, was a staged-reading. Oh well, thought I ... at least I won’t have to assign a letter grade.

Folks ... the show is totally 110% WEIRD.

It is in-your-face profane and only occasionally funny. Most of the laughs are of the ... “I can’t believe they just said/did that” ... variety.

Before the show began I ran into my longtime friend Jack Thomas, who is, among other things, a very successful producer. He is currently one of the co-producers of the critically acclaimed Broadway show ANN. We sat together in the small and derelict 777 Theatre.

There is “audience participation” during a good part of the show and Jack and I prayed they wouldn’t pick us ... and ... Thank You God ... they didn’t.

IMHO the chances of this material, in its present condition, ultimately finding an audience are pretty remote.

Anyway ... Jack ... it was great seeing you.

I am happy to report that the second entertainment event, an Off Broadway musical, was excellent.

MONEY, about an extremely wealthy young man  who tries to woo and wed his true love==>A

The show is funny and very well performed by the young 4-person cast: Robert Rightmyer as the rich Harry; Meg Smith as his love-life Cynthia, Logan Keeler as Cynthia’s jealous friend Bernie; and David Laws as Mr. Mann, who bounds in and out of 20 roles.

The score is excellent and the highlight for me was an operetta-like parody, "The Philanthropist's Progress: A Cautionary Cantata," a 15-minute-long number that takes satiric thrusts at so-called charitable institutions and their true nature.

The show’s running time is 105 minutes, including an intermission and it will be at The Studio @ Theatre Row through June 16th.

Billi Pod says==>see this show, you won’t regret it.

As I posted yesterday, before the show I met up with Kate Martin, who is in the second week of her 8-week fashion industry internship. After the show we had a late dinner at the Theater Row Diner on my block.

When we finished dinner I transformed into a semi-Hovering Nun mode and escorted her to the N/R/Q subway platform in the bowels of the Port Authority Bus Terminal station. She had assured me that she didn’t need to be escorted on the train itself.

So, Kate, it was great being with you and thank you for letting me share your excitement about being in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World.

Moving on ...

Tonight’s entertainment event is a well-reviewed Off Broadway show ...

8:00==>A PICTURE OF AUTUMN - “A young man return to England to find that his ancestral home has gone to seed, along with his parents and elderly relatives. When an opportunity to sell the burdensome property arises he leaps at the chance to help his parents downsize.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

This show is playing at The Mint Theatre on West 43rd Street, has a running time of 2:20, with an intermission, and runs through July 14th.

Those of my theater-buddies who have seen it have all enjoyed it.

Now for your daily baseball fix ...

Last night The Bronx Bombers won 6-1 over the Mariners out in Seattle, for our 4th straight win.

Phil Hughes pitched an excellent game through 7 innings and our runs came on back-to-back homers from Cano and Teixeira.

Tonight @ 10:10pm EST it will be Hiroki Kuroda (6-4) for The Bronx Bombers vs. Jeremy Bonderman (0-1) for The Mariners.

Man, it is really nasty out right now. I am restless, so will post this and then head over to The Port Authority and do some walking and wandering there.


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.68 miles (or, 10,236 steps)

Total mileage since 7/1/12==>1,605.36 miles 


Billi Pod
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”

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