Monday, May 12, 2014


Monday==>I hope everyone of my loyal and faithful readers and followers had an AWESOME weekend out there in the hinterlands, wastelands and boondocks.

Why don’t we get today’s posting started on a very positive note with Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s Off Broadway show ...

RED-EYE TO HAVRE DE GRACE, set in September of 1849 this musical follows Edgar Allan Poe on his last lecture tour from Virginia to New York and his grim last days==>A-

This is one of the most unique theatrical works of the season. Yes ... it is “different” in almost every aspect as it deals with the troubled mind of Poe in the days leading up to his death, under mysterious circumstances, at the age of 40.

It makes use of Poe’s most famous poems and letters, often sung with original music, with amazing staging and minimal sets and props. A door piece has a major role.

The four person cast is stellar, headed by Ean Sheehy as Poe and the lithe Alessandra L. Larson as the incarnation of Poe’s wife, Virginia, who died at an early age from tuberculosis. She never speaks a line.

The theme is just a bit slow in developing, but once it does you become totally involved, almost reaching sensory overload, until the highly emotional and touching final scene that ends Poe’s eccentricity and abiding loneliness.

Billi Pod says==>if you want something different, then this is the show for you. If not ... stay far far away.

This show recently opened to mostly favorable reviews, is playing at The New York Theatre Workshop on East 4th Street in the East Village, has a running time of 1:30, without intermission, and runs through June 1st.

As I posted yesterday, I planned to get to The East Village a bit early for a walk and wander session. Well, I did and the weather was great and it felt terrific just to be out and about.

Just before the show began I met up with my friends Marty Kosarik aka Whatever and his boyfriend, Robert. When the show was over we decided to catch a bite in the ‘hood so ...

Marty directed us to one of his favorite spots, Ukrainian East Village, located on 2nd Avenue between St. Marks Place and 9th Street.

I had eaten there before so I had an idea of what to order from the rather incomprehensible menu. I ordered a platter that had a potato pancake, four meat pierogies (spelling from the menu) and a cheese blintz.

The meal was excellent and very filling. We had a great time as a part of the Ukrainian Mafia.

When we finished we split and I came back to PHC.

So ... Marty and Robert==>it was great being with you guys!

Moving on ...

I am happy to report that The New York Times gave THE FEW a rave review, especially the performance by the young actor Gideon Glick.

Billi Pod’s report card on the show was an A-.

Moving on some more ...

As most of you loyal and faithful readers and followers know from yesterday’s posting, your favorite blogger’s upcoming entertainment schedule will revolve around the 4-game Subway Series against The Mets, two games at each stadium.

Tonight at 7:05pm, out at Yankee Stadium, The House That Greed and Ego Built, will be game one and I will be there as part of my partial season ticket package.

On the mound for The Yankees (19-17) will be Hiroki Kuroda (2-3) vs. Bartolo Colon (2-5) for The Mets (17-19).

Honestly, there is much less buzz about this event than in previous years. To quote from an article in today’s NY Post ...

“Our two locals wobble into this matchup, The Mets’ offense and the Yankees’ starting rotation both falling apart like any Johnny Depp movie of the last five years.”

Wow!! Pretty harsh.

Yesterday afternoon The Yankees lost 5-4 to The Brewers in a game we shoulda/coulda won. Oh well ... 

On this happy note will post this and then work on my errands and chores list.

Oh, yesterday was another excellent walking day ...

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>6.17 miles (or, 13,491 steps)

Total mileage for the week==>33.79 miles (average 4.83 miles per day)

Total mileage for 2014==>466.39 miles (average 3.56 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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