Friday==>Let’s get today’s posting started with ...
Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s entertainment event, a Broadway show in early previews ...
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, the George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart classic 1936 comedy that chronicles the eccentric, freethinking Sycamore family, whose members follow their bliss - no matter how much chaos that creates==>A.
Chaos, thy name is Sycamore ... and that is putting it mildly.
What a terrific entertainment event with an amazing set and special effects and a stellar cast headed by the legendary James Earl Jones as the patriarch of the family. You totally focus on every word he says with that incredible voice.
Yes, it is dated ... set in 1936 (duh) ... but that doesn’t matter because the mostly unbelievable story line is secondary to the parade of zany characters on stage and their interaction with one another.
Laughs come one after another ... some expected ... others totally out of the blue ... or ... perhaps ... out of the basement (see the show to get this one).
There are terrific supporting performances from: Annaleigh Ashford as Essie, a would-be ballet dancer; Julie Halston as Gay Wellington, the alcoholic actress; and, Elizabeth Ashley as Olga, the former Russian Countess, now a waitress.
And ... another major plus for the evening ... my discounted TDF seat wasn’t in the upper nosebleed section as I had anticipated ... no ... it was in the orchestra, row N, house right. Not bad at all.
Yeah ... your favorite blogger left the theater with a big smile on his face.
Billi Pod says==>see this show.
The show is in early previews, opens on September 28th, is playing at the Longacre Theatre on West 48th Street, has a running time of 2:30, with two 10-minute intermissions, and tickets are on sale through January 4th, 2015.
Moving on ...
Tonight’s entertainment event for your favorite blogger here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, is an Off Broadway show ...
8:00==>WHAT WAS LOST - “After a six-year hiatus, beloved stage and screen actress Laurette Taylor returns to the stage. For the first time in nearly a decade, she takes the stage sober. Chronicling her process from the first rehearsal of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie through her legendary first performance as Amanda Wingfield. This show is a piercing look at the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)
I was kinda on-the-fence about this show, but when I got a posting on my Facebook Timeline from Carol Powella Barnes that she had a friend, Paul Thomas Ryan, in the cast as Tennessee Williams, I thought I would give it a shot.
The show is playing in repertory with Shades of Blue at the Abingdon Theatre Complex on West 36th Street, has a running time of 2:00, with intermission, and runs through September 13th.
On the sports scene ...
Yesterday afternoon, in Detroit, The Yankees (69-63) lost 3-2 to The Tigers (72-60) in the bottom of the 9th inning on a ball that maybe Ichiro Suzuki could’a/should’a caught. Oh well ... I still hate Tigers.
Tonight at 7:07pm, in Toronto, is the first game of a 3-game series against The Blue Jays (67-66). On the mound for The Bronx Bombers will be Chis Capuano (1-3) still looking for his first win as a Yankee vs. Mark Buehrle (11-8) for The Jays. Buehrle has a 1-12 career record against us.
In closing ... WOW ... the college football season got off to a start with a totally unexpected upset as the #9 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks were crushed 52-28 by #21 ranked Texas A&M.
Yeah, I am sure I wouldn't want to be anywhere near Coach Spurrier or The Limp Cocks today.
At 7:00pm on Saturday, my unranked Gators will play Santa Fe Junior College ... oooooops ... sorry ... University of Idaho, at The Swamp.
The Gators are favored by 35 points and, yes, your favorite blogger will stay in to watch the game, carried on ESPNU.
If The Gators don't put together at least a 10-win season, then Coach Muskrat and his staff are toast.
So ... all of my loyal and faithful readers and followers ...
HAVE A GREAT LABOR DAY WEEKEND EVERYONE!!
Total mileage for 2014==>969.78 miles (average 4.04 miles per day)
GO YANKEES!! GO GATORS!!
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”