Sunday, August 10, 2014

Samuel French Festival - Mostly Mozart Concert - A Texas Trilogy - Yankees

Sunday==>It is another beautiful summer day here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World. At 11:30am we have azure blue skies with a few puffy clouds and a nice breeze coming off of the Hudson River. The temperature is 82º.

Your favorite blogger is pleased to report that yesterday was an excellent entertainment tripleheader ... so ... let’s get started with Billi Pod’s report on the first event, a doubleheader ...

The annual SAMUEL FRENCH OFF OFF BROADWAY SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL, is at a theater in the Playwright’s Horizon, located immediately next door to my apartment building.

During the course of the festival 40 short plays will be performed and six will be selected for ultimate publication by Samuel French, Inc.

Eleven finalists had been selected and I saw them in two different segments, one at 2:00pm and one at 4:30pm.

I found the whole experience to be totally enjoyable and each of the short plays was well-written and extremely well-performed. When I got back to the apartment I made a list of the 6 shows that I thought would win ... and ... 

The 6 winners have just been announced and they are:

Taisetsu Na Hito by Leah Nanako Winkler;

et·y·mol·o·gy by Jennifer Jasper;

The Logic by Will Arbery;

A Wake for David’s Fucked-Up Face by Skylar Fox;

John, who’s here from Cambridge by Martyna Majok; and,

MANDATE by Kelly Younger.

I had 5 of the 6 on my list ... hooray. The only one I missed on was Taisetsu Na Hito. I had picked Splat Goes Your Day by Sarah Einspanier.

I am sooooooooooo glad that I was able to see this event as part of my tripleheader.

When it was over I came back to the apartment, had a small fruit and cheese plate, changed clothes and then subwayed up to Lincoln Center for the final segment of my tripleheader, a classical music concert ...

8:00==>MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA @ Avery Fisher Hall - The program was:

Prokofiev - Symphony No. 1 (“Classical”);
Shostakovich - Concerto No. 1 for piano and trumpet, performed by - Yuja Wang, piano and Philip Cobb, trumpet; and
Beethoven - Symphony No. 8
(discounted TDF ticket)

Folks, this was an outstanding concert, headed by the Shostakovich Concerto for piano and trumpet, performed by Yuja Wang on the piano and Philip Cobb on the trumpet. They received a well-earned roaring standing ovation. 

I was particularly impressed with Yuja Wang who looks to be about 15yrs. old. She is actually 27

The program ended with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, one of my favorites.

I don’t want to continuously resort to clichés, but, your favorite blogger left Avery Fisher Hall with a big smile on his face.

It was 9:45pm and the weather was excellent so I walked back to the apartment, as planned.

Yes, it had been another wonderful day here in The Big Apple with an entertainment tripleheader and a decent walking day. I am soooooooo blessed. Thank You!!

Moving on to today ...

This afternoon I will stay in the comfortable confines of PHC to watch the YANKEES/CLEVELAND game, details below.

Then for the evening will be an Off Broadway show ...

8:00==>A TEXAS TRILOGY: LU ANN HAMPTON LAVERTY OBERLANDER - “Lu Ann is a 17-year-old a high school cheerleader who dreams of faraway places. However, after high school, she instead settles for marriage to a friend of her Korean War veteran brother. Ten years later, in the following Act, Lu Ann is a divorced single mother working as a beautician. She meets and marries Corky Oberlander. Ten more years on, Lu Ann is living with her teenaged daughter, her now alcoholic brother, and mother who has been enfeebled by a stroke.” (Off Broadway - $9.00 TDF ticket)

This is revival of A Texas Trilogy, written by Preston Jones in 1974 and set in the fictional Bradleyville, Texas, in 1962. It was well-received and reviewed back then.

As you will recall, I saw THE LAST MEETING OF THE KNIGHTS OF THE WHITE MAGNOLIA on Thursday and was unimpressed, giving it a C. I also have a ticket for the final show, THE OLDEST LIVING GRADUATE, for Monday.

Yes, I have serious misgivings about this show, too. We will see.

The show is playing in repertory with the other two plays at McAlpin Hall in the West Park Presbyterian Church on West 86th Street, has a running time of 2:00, with intermission, and the remaining performance dates for this show are: Thursday, August 14th @ 8:00pm; Saturday, August 16th @ 5:00pm; and, Sunday August 17th @ 2:30pm.

Now ... moving on to some sports ... for you, Marty ...

Yesterday afternoon out at Yankee Stadium, The House That Greed and Ego Built, The Yankees (61-55) were shutout by The Indians (58-59) 3-0, as our bats went limp again and our batters struck out a puke-inducing 15 times. Not good ... but ...

Derek Jeter got an infield single in the 6th-inning to reach 3,341 hits and pass Honus Wagner on the all-time hits list. Jeter is now 6th behind Pete Rose (4,256), Ty Cobb (4,191), Hank Aaron (3,771), Stan Musial (3,630) and Tris Speaker (3,515).

Way to go Derek!!!

This afternoon @ 1:05pm will be the final game of the 3-game series. On the mound for The Bronx Bombers will be Hiroki Kuroda (7-7) vs. Carlos Carrasco (3-4) for The Indians.

OK ... time to post this and then get settled in to watch the game ... so ...


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.21 miles (or, 9,381 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>876.43 miles (average 3.97 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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