Saturday, August 23, 2014

Gay Card - Summer Shorts, Series B - The Yankees

Saturday==>It is a gray and overcast morning here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, and the forecast is for more of the same for the remainder of the day. Oh well ...

Billi Pod has a show scheduled for the afternoon so we need to get this posting started ... so ... let’s move on to his report on yesterday’s staged reading.

Remember ... he usually doesn’t give letter grades to workshop, reading or festival performances ... so ...

GAY CARD, about freshly out of the closet Logan Kappler, who starts college knowing three things: he is gay, gay people are awesome, and because of that, people will now think he is awesome. His peers don’t see it that way. Someone as uncool as Logan cannot be gay. Undeterred, Logan begins a quest to prove his identity, earn his gay card, and get the awesome  college life he always dreamed of==>Has Potential.

This musical was both funny and thought-provoking as it addresses the question: “why must our sexuality be used by others to identify who we are when we don’t even know ourselves?”

The young cast was excellent, especially the guy who played Logan and the girl who played his female BFF. Unfortunately, there was no program so I can’t share their names with you.

Before the show began the audience was given a detailed sheet of questions regarding our reaction(s) to the show and our comments/suggestions. Part of it was 8 segments where we were asked to grade our reaction(s) to what had just happened, on a scale of 1 to 10, when the stage manager held up a card with the number of the segment. That was interesting.

And, not joking, two of the audience were actually fitted with devices to monitor their physical reactions during the show.

The producers of the show will take all of this info and rework the show with the playwright and then perform the new version next Friday afternoon. I will consider seeing it again.

It was a very interesting and entertaining experience.

As I posted yesterday, I got down to The Village early so I could have another nice walk and wander session. I didn’t walk back to the apartment after the show but my later in-apartment walking sessions while watching baseball games resulted in yet another excellent walking day==>5.20 miles.

And ... yes ... for the evening your favorite blogger stayed in the pleasant confines of PHC to watch the YANKEE/WHITE SOX game (details below).

Now ... let’s move on to today’s entertainment schedule ...

First is an Off Broadway show ...

2:15pm==>SUMMER SHORTS, SERIES B - “Summer Shorts 2014 offers six world premiere one-act plays, presented in two separate evenings of three each.”

The plays in Series B are ...

Doubtless by Albert Innaurato - “With such formidable opponents as hypocrisy, government, hysteria, neurosis, family, religion and pop culture - can we ever really know and accept who we are? Well, these two brave nuns are going to give it a go ...”

The Mulberry Bush by Neil LaBrute - “Two men meet up on a bench in the park. One of them is meant to be there. The other is not. What follows is a domestic thriller played out in the harsh sunlight of a weekday afternoon.”

Napoleon In Exile by Daniel Reitz - “Corey is 25, living at home, can't hold a job, and is obsessed with Minecraft. His mother has other ideas for him.”
(Off Broadway - 9.00 TDF ticket)

This show is playing at the 59E59 Theatre Complex (one of my favorite venues) on East 59th Street (duh), has a running time of 2:00, with intermission, and runs through August 30th.

Your favorite blogger will see Series A on Sunday evening.

As I am preparing this posting my plans for this evening are in flux. I am considering several Fringe Festival shows or a movie ... so stay tuned.

Now ... on the sports scene ...

Last night out at Yankee Stadium, The House That Greed And Ego Built, The Yankees (65-61) won a nail-biter, 4-3, over The White Sox (59-69) in the bottom of the 9th inning on a walk-off hit from Martin Prado.

This afternoon at 1:05pm will be game 2 of the 3-game series. On the mound for The Yankees will be Hiroki Kuroda (8-8) vs. Scott Carroll (5-7) for The Sox.

OK, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, it is time to post this and then get ready for my afternoon show ... so ...


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>5.20 miles (or, 11,362 steps) 

Total mileage for 2014==>940.53 miles (average 4.02 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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