Saturday, June 21, 2014


Saturday==>It is a beautiful morning here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World. At 10:00am it is a balmy 70º with sunny, azure blue skies and a nice breeze coming off The Hudson River.

So ... let’s get started with ...

Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s Off Broadway show ...

THE RELIGION THING - “Mo and Brian are a picture-perfect DC couple: they're smart, they're witty, and they have a beautifully remodeled kitchen. But when Mo's best friend Patti announces she's found Jesus and is putting her own career on hold, Mo must take a closer look at the harder truths surrounding her own marriage. A comedy about relationships, faith, and the fine line between compromise and regret.”==>B+

The acting by the 5-person cast is excellent, especially Andrew W. Smith as Jeff, who is Patti’s born-again, “formerly gay” husband.

The story line is totally involving without getting too heavy handed with the underlying message regarding the difficulties and stresses of inter-religious marriages/relationships. Yes, there is plenty of humor with a lot of laughs.

The staging and set changes in the small space was fantastic.

The house was full and the audience was very much into the show, which does not have the typical rom/com ending.

It was a pleasant and entertaining evening.

Billi Pod says==>definitely worth seeing.

The show has just opened, is playing at the Cell Theatre on West 23rd Street in Chelsea, has a running time of 2:00, with intermission, and runs Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through August 1st.

The seating is general admission and the box office doesn’t open until 30 minutes before curtain time.

I left for the show almost an hour early so I could have a nice walk and wander session in the Chelsea area. It felt really nice. When the show was over I opted not to walk back to the apartment, instead, I subwayed back so I could watch the final innings of the YANKEES/BALTIMORE game, details below.

Moving on to today’s entertainment event ... an Off Broadway show ...

8:00==>READING BETWEEN THE LIES - “The year is 1947, and Arthur Binkman, once the toast of Broadway, has returned from a self imposed exile with a new play. In order to determine if he still has "it", a reading is arranged at the home of wealthy producers Horace and Kitty Manderly. With players including Arthur's unfaithful ex-wife, his small town fiancé, a former child star out of touch with reality and an unscrupulous actor determined to blackmail his way into the production, everyone is a potential target and everyone is a potential suspect.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

This show just opened, is playing at The Bridge Theatre @ Shetler Studios on West 54th Street, has a running time of 1:30, with an intermission??, and runs through June 29th.

The shows I have seen at this rather small venue have all been excellent, so I am looking forward to this.

Now ... on to the sports scene ... or rather ... The Yankees scene ...

Last night out at Yankee Stadium, The House That Greed and Ego Built, The Bronx Bombers (39-33) beat The Orioles (37-35) 5-3 when Carlos Beltran smashed a game-ending, two-out, 3-run homer in the bottom of the 9th. Man, am I glad I was in front of my TV to see this.

Up to this point the Yankee bats were woefully inept as we went 4 for 12 with runners in scoring position, something that has plagued this team all season.

The second game of the 3-game series is this afternoon at 1:05pm. On the mound for The Yankees will be Vidal Nuno (1-3), who is fighting to remain in the starting rotation vs. Bud Norris (6-5) for The Birds.

Of course, your favorite blogger will stay in for the afternoon to watch the game ... so ... time to post this ... so ... 


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>5.00 miles (or, 10,945 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>657.65 miles (average 3.85 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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