Sunday, July 13, 2014

Atomic==>A/Bette Davis==>B

Sunday==>I hope your weekend is going great because your favorite blogger here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, is having a terrific time ... so ... let’s just get started with ...

Billi Pod’s report card on the first part of yesterday’s entertainment doubleheader, the Off Broadway show ...

ATOMIC, in this musical that blasts the doors off The Manhattan Project, a Government funded program of top scientists with the task of creating the world’s first Atomic Bomb, ethics, scientific progress and true love are also tested==>A

This well-performed show focuses on the role of Leo Szilard in the development of the first atomic bomb and his emotional and ethical misgivings about this project. His concerns were shared by many of his co-scientists.

The cast is stellar, headed by Jeremy Kushnier as Leo and Sara Gettelfinger as his supportive wife Trude.

The score and lyrics are exceptional as are the incredible sets and staging.

The house was virtually sold-out and we gave the cast a well-deserved standing ovation at curtain call.

Billi Pod says==>this is definitely worth seeing.

The show officially opens tonight, is playing at The Theatre Row Complex on my West 42nd Street block, has a running time of 2:15, with intermission, and runs though August 16th.

When the show was over I came back to PHC and settled in to watch the 4:05pm YANKEES/ORIOLES game from Baltimore, details below.

My second entertainment event was another Off Broadway show. It didn’t start until 9:15pm ...

BETTE DAVIS AIN’T FOR SISSIES, the one-person show about continuing battles Bette Davis had with the male-dominated hierarchy in the movie industry in Hollywood during the 30s, 40s and 50s==>B

I really wanted to like this show a lot more and perhaps I should have, but it just didn’t emotionally involve me as I had expected it to.

The story line is informative and the performance by Jessica Sherr is adequate but the thing that kept distracting me was the fact that this stunningly beautiful actress kept making references that Bette Davis was obsessed with being called ugly and that she, in fact, considered herself to be ugly. The actress playing her was anything but ugly.

Is it worth seeing? Yeah ... I think so.

This one-person show will transfer to The East of Edinburgh Festival when its limited run here is completed. It is playing at the 59E59 Theatre Complex on East 59th Street, one of my favorite venues, has a running time of 1:00, without intermission, and only runs through July 19th.

Even though I wanted to like this show a lot more, as I said above, it didn’t detract that much from what was an excellent doubleheader, which was enhanced because ...

The Yankees (47-46) beat the Division-leading Orioles (51-42) 3-0 behind the second consecutive excellent performance from rookie pitcher Shane Greene.

The final game of the 3-game series is tonight at 8:05pm, in Baltimore, carried on ESPN, meaning it will last f*o*r*e*v*e*r!! On the mound for The Yankees will be Chase Whitley (4-2) vs. Kevin Gausman (3-2) for The Orioles.

My plans are to stay in and watch the game.

What about this afternoon I know you are all now anxiously asking your inner selves?

Well, inner selves ... at the moment ...

My plans are to catch the movie 22 JUMP STREET starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, playing at 4:40pm in a movie theater only a block and a half away from PHC.

Yeah ... I am totally in the mood for something gross-out funny and this should fill-the-bill for Bill aka Billi Pod ... so ...


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.07 miles (or, 8,907 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>743.57 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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