Friday, March 28, 2014

No Exit/American Symphony Orchestra/Gators Win/Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band


We will get today’s TGIF posting started with Billi Pod’s report card and comments on yesterday’s AWESOME tripleheader here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World ... beginning with ...

The excellent revival of Jean Paul Sartre's existential classic ...

NO EXIT, about three strangers who cross paths in the afterlife while awaiting their ultimate fate==>B+

The show is very well performed by the 4-person cast: Bradford Cover; Pete McElligott; Jolly Abraham; and Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris.

Cover’s character is named “Cradeau,” which sounds like “Godot” from the stage. Interesting.

The story line is thought-provoking as it asks the questions: “who are we, really?” and “just what is Hell?”

This revival received generally favorable reviews, is playing at The Pearl Theatre on West 42nd Street, has a running time of 1:40, with intermission, and runs through March 30th.

An additional plus for the theater event was running into my friends Bob & Lillian, confirmed theater-nuts like moi. We hadn’t seen each other in some time so it was nice to have the opportunity to do some catching up.

When the show was over I came back to the warm and cozy confines of PHC and had my usual pre-theater snack, a fruit and cheese plate.

The second part of the tripleheader was a classical music concert up at Carnegie Hall. As I posted yesterday, I knew that Billi Pod would be leaving at intermission so he could watch the third part of the tripleheader, the GATOR/UCLA game @ 9:40pm.

Now ... about the concert ... 

AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA @ Carnegie Hall - The program was: Bruch - “Moses: An Oratorio.”

The orchestra was joined by The Collegiate Chorale and 3 excellent soloists.

My comp. seat was in the upper-nosebleed section (Dress Circle) but that didn’t matter because of the wonderful acoustics in Carnegie Hall.

I’m really sorry that I couldn’t stay for the entire program because it was an excellent performance. 

The text is in German but there was a printed translation in the program. Only problem, as usual in this venue, it was so dark in the auditorium that you couldn’t read the text unless you held the program right in front of your face, which is, of course, terribly annoying to people sitting around you.

I still don’t understand why Carnegie Hall doesn’t use super-titles like most of the other classical music venues do.

Oh, well ... as planned, I left at intermission and was back in PHC to see the third part of my tripleheader ...

GATORS/UCLA, won by The Gators, 79-68, in a game that was much closer than the final score indicates.

I spent a goodly portion of the game-time pacing around the living room as the clock seemed to slow down to a crawling pace, with way-too-many time-outs and commercial breaks.

With the win The Gators advance to The Elite Eight for the 4th consecutive year. We will play #11 seed Dayton (who??) on Saturday @ 6:00pm, carried on TBS.

So ... my loyal and faithful readers and followers, when you consider the above events, plus some excellent walking mileage, I hope you will agree that your favorite blogger had a pretty AWESOME Thursday.

Now ... moving on to today ...

At 6:00pm I will meet up with my new friends Marie and Lenny Taylor for an early bite, somewhere in the Upper Westside, before my entertainment event, which is ...

8:00==>LESBIAN & GAY BIG APPLE CORPS SYMPHONIC BAND @ Symphony Space - “‘Coloring Outside the Lines’ - featuring the music of American gay and lesbian composers, including Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Travis Cross, George Gershwin, Jennifer Higdon, and Stephen Sondheim.” (concert - complimentary ticket)

I have seen this group perform several times and they are very good. Symphony Space is an excellent venue and is located at Broadway and 95th Street.


Oh, as I posted above, yesterday was a good walking day mileage-wise ...

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.21 miles (or, 9,218 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>288.24 miles (average 3.35 miles per day)


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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