Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Fat Lady Sings - The Wankies Are Eliminated - The Killing of Sister George - Theater Boys

Thursday==>At 4:40pm yesterday out at Yankee Stadium, The House That Greed And Ego Built, before a crowd of 46,056 that included a lot of kids who were skipping school, Brett Gardner stuck out for the final out of the game and The Wankies lost 9-5 to The Orioles and were officially eliminated from the wild card race and the post season. Derek Jeter, who went 0-4, was waiting in the on-deck circle.

And, The Fat Lady began to sing, much to the chagrin of the disappointed members of The Yankee Universe, who had hoped against hope that the 2014 season would turn out better than the 2013 season ... well ... it fucking didn’t. The Wankies were out of the playoffs for the second consecutive year in a season that was plagued with major injuries, limp bats and failure to get hits with runners in scoring position.

As a bit of irony==>the winning pitcher’s last name was Norris. WTF!! Oh well ...

As your favorite blogger left the stadium he felt betrayed that the season had ended with a whimper for two years in a row, the first since the 1992 and 93 seasons.

So ... it confirmed my decision not to renew my partial season ticket package for the 2015 season. This is the September 19th email I sent to the representative who had emailed me to “remind” me that I had not sent in my renewal forms ...

Ms. Wheeler:

Thanks for the reminder ... but ... I will not ... repeat ... will not be renewing my season ticket package for a number of reason I care not to discuss with anyone.

I will probably continue to come to the stadium ... but for games and times that I choose.

This is a firm decision, made for multiple reason, so please DO NOT call, text, email etc.


Moving on ... 

Tonight at 7:05pm is the final home game of the season and, of course, it is Derek Jeter’s final game at the stadium. As might be expected the scalpers are having a field day with $15 bleacher seats going for $400+. The bad news ... there is an 80% chance of rain at 7:00pm. The Wankies and MLB will make every effort to get the game in, regardless of the length of the wait, because a makeup game is not feasible since the outcome would have no impact on any of the pennant races/standings.

On the mound for The Wankies (81-77) will be Hiroki Kuroda (11-9) vs. Kevin Gausman (7-7) for The Orioles (95-63).

The Wankies will play their last 3 games up in the fetid cesspool known as Fenway Park. At the moment it is uncertain whether Jeter will be in the lineup for any of the remaining games.

Now ... moving on ... thankfully, I know that most of you are saying to your inner selves ...

When the game was over I came back to the apartment, changed clothes, had my usual fruit and cheese plate, did a nice one mile walk, and then it was time for the second part of my entertainment doubleheader ... 

The Off Broadway show ...

THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE, to the world at large and even to herself, June Bunkridge is Sister George beloved village nurse on "Applehurst", a popular BBC radio soap opera. But when radio executives decide to give ratings a boost by killing off her character, June's already precarious private life threatens to crumble exposing her as the gin swilling, cigar chomping tyrant she really is==>C+

I had pretty high expectations for this show but it is just didn’t work for me.

The play caused quite a stir when it premiered in the UK in 1965 as audiences were shocked at the depiction of the central character’s lesbian relationship with her much younger "flat-mate," that bordered on being S&M. The subsequent 1968 movie version received an X rating for its “steamy” lesbian love scenes.

Today the play just seems to be ho-hum with basically unlikeable characters and a very predictable story line. I had expected to like it much better but it was difficult for me to care about anything that was happening on-stage.

At intermission a lot of people left but I stayed. Act II was somewhat better.

A major quibble is the Director’s choice of having some very important lines delivered in whispers making it difficult to understand what was happening.

The cast does its best with the outdated material.

I was seated next to my friend Kim aka Mic aka Who Knows and he also gave it a C+.

Billi Pod says==>you are warned.

This show is playing at The Theatre Row Complex on my West 42nd Street block, has a running time of 2:15, with intermission and runs through October 1st.

Now ... about tonight’s entertainment event ... an Off Broadway show ...

7:00pm==>THEATER BOYS - “Actors auditioning for a proposed gay musical are asked to bare their souls ... and a bit more. They share coming-of-age stories - some broadly comic, some tender and heartfelt.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

Sounds like a gay CHORUS LINE, doesn't it?

This show is playing at the 13th Street Repertory Company (probably my least favorite venue in the city) in Chelsea, has a running time of 1:40, without intermission, and runs on Thursdays and Sundays through October 26th.

Moving on ...

It is very gray out with a light rain and that is bad because your favorite blogger is very antsy and needs to get out and about ... so ... anyway ... 

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.74 miles (or, 10,358 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>1,093.76 miles (average 4.10 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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