Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Bullpen==>A-

Thursday==>It is a very pleasant morning here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World. At 11:30am it is 75º with cloudy skies and a nice breeze coming off the Hudson River.

Yeah ... Billi Pod can hear the calls from The Walking Gods to leave PHC and do some major walking and wandering ... so ... let’s get started with ...

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

THE BULLPEN, the 18-character play  written and performed by Joe Assadourian, who actually served 12-years for attempted murder==>A- 

In this show a man (Assadourian) is arrested, arraigned and put on trial for a crime he claims he did not commit. Subsequently he is judged by two systems of jurisprudence – one a jury of his peers in an actual courtroom and the other the fascinating and hilarious denizens of the bullpen in which he is being held.

Assadourian seamlessly flows from character to character, from a stoner, a transvestite, a guy from the hood, a guy who speaks English so fast that it sounds like Spanish, the impaired-speech defense lawyer, the impatient and downright creepy Judge whose tongue is waggling around like a lizard, and many many more.

The show is funny and also very thought-provoking and emotionally involving.

The show got its beginning at a theater workshop for inmates at the Otisville Correctional Facility in New York, where Assadourian was serving his time. The workshop was headed by Richard Hoehler, who is now the Director of the show.

The small theatre was full and Assadourian received a roaring standing ovation at curtain call. It was well deserved.

Billi Pod says==>see this show.

This show, which earns its very favorable reviews, including The New York Times, is playing at The Playroom Theatre on West 46th Street, has a running time of 70 minutes, without intermission, and runs through August 30th.

In yesterday’s posting I had reported that the show’s curtain-time was 8:00pm. Well, I was wrong ... it was 7:00pm. Luckily I discovered the mistake in time to arrive at the theater at 6:50pm. Whew ... that was close.

It was about 8:15pm when the show was over. The weather was nice so I walked East on 46th Street all the way over to lst Avenue, then West on 47th Street back to my apartment at 42nd and 9th Avenue, a total distance of 3.15 miles as recorded on my Pedometer.

The mileage for the day was 5.22 miles. Not bad!

Now ... moving on to the details on tonight’s entertainment event, the Off Broadway show ...

8:00==>MAESTRO BERNSTEIN @ Town Hall - “A play with music written and performed by Hershey Felder, a critically acclaimed master entertainer and virtuoso pianist, who brings to life one of America’s greatest musical legends. Leonard Bernstein was a conductor, composer, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, television star, and the composer of West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, and Wonderful Town.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

This show has been performed to critical acclaim in various cities throughout the United States, is a one-night-only performance at Town Hall on West 43rd Street, and has a running time of 1:45, without intermission.

I am really looking forward to this and, hopefully, my comp. seat will not be in the upper nosebleed section of the balcony.

OK, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, it is time to post this and then do some major walking and wandering ... so ...

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>5.22 miles (or, 11,417 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>761.17 miles (average 3.86 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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