Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lips Together, Teeth Apart - A Time for Singing - At This Performance - The World Series

Sunday==>Good morning my loyal and faithful readers and followers. We need to get today’s posting underway because your favorite blogger here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, has an entertainment doubleheader scheduled for today, plus some baseball for tonight ... so ... let’s get started with ...

Billi Pod’s report card on yesterday’s Off Broadway show ...

LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART, in this revival of Terrance McNally’s 1991 play, on the 4th of July two straight couples spend the holiday at a beach house of Fire Island, an inheritance from a relative who has died of AIDS. They do their best to enjoy themselves despite their prejudices and insecurities==>C+

I really wanted to like this show much better. I found the story line to be mostly involving until the 3rd act when it all went poof ... at least ... it did for me. Yeah, that’s right ... 3 acts with two intermissions.

The acting is serviceable but not outstanding and the four characters are all basically unlikeable and the relationships between the characters are pretty much contrived and, therefore, unbelievable.

The set is, however, totally amazing.

I have a feeling I may be in the minority with my basically lackluster feelings so Billi Pod suggests you see the show and form your own opinion.

This show, in previews, opens on October 29th, is playing at the Second Stage Theatre on West 43rd Street, has a running time of 2:15, with two intermissions, and runs through November 23rd.

Before the show began I ran into my friends Kim, Dennis and Michael and that was nice. Great seeing you guys!!

Anyway ... after the show I felt very antsy so I did about an hour’s worth of walking and wandering in my Hell’s Kitchen ‘hood and that helped the mileage for the day to be pretty good==>5.21 miles.

When I got back to the apartment I had the usual fruit and cheese plate, worked a bit on the draft for this posting and then settled in to watch Game Four of The World Series, from San Francisco.

Well, as you sports fan know, it was a major disappointment for we Royals fans as The Giants kicked butt. They rallied from a 3-run deficit to win 11-4 to tie The Series at 2-2.

Game Five will be at 8:07pm from San Francisco. On the mound for The Giants will be Madison Bumgarner (21-11) vs. the struggling James Shields (15-9) for The Royals.

This is a rematch of The Series opener, won by The Giants 7-1 as Bumgarner completely shut down The Royals batters.

Yes, I will be in front of my 42” flat screen TV to watch the final innings of the game after my evening’s entertainment event is finished (details below)

Which brings us to the details of Billi Pod’s entertainment doubleheader for today .. 

My first entertainment event is part of the Musicals in Mufti Series by The York Theatre Company ...

2:30==>A TIME FOR SINGING - “Based on Richard Llewellyn's classic novel, ‘How Green Was My Valley,’ the musical examines the lives and loves of the citizens of a South Wales mining town. A tapestry of choral riches and operatic grandeur.” (Off Broadway - discounted TDF ticket)

As I said, this is part of the York Theatre’s Musicals in Mufti Series, and, as you now probably know “Mufti” (pronounced MUFF’tee) means “in street clothes, without the usual trappings.” The show is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging and props.

It is playing at The York Theatre @ The Citigroup Center on East 54th Street, has a running time of 2:15, with intermission, and runs through November 2nd.

As I have mentioned many times, I am a huge fan of The York Theatre Company and its Artistic Director, James Morgan, who is also a Florida Gator.

When the show is over I will subway back to the apartment, have my usual pre-theatre snack, a fruit and cheese plate, and then it will be time for my second entertainment event ...

7:00==>AT THIS PERFORMANCE - “In this Musicals Tonight production Broadway understudies and standbys from ALADDIN, BIG FISH, CABARET, LES MISERABLES, NEWSIES, CINDERELLA, and VIOLET will sing a song from their show and then a song from their own repertoire.” (Off Broadway - full price ticket)

This is the 12th season for this showcase that has already featured over 700 Broadway understudies and standbys from over 300 shows. I have seen several productions and have totally enjoyed each one because they are each different.

It is playing at The Theatre Row Complex on my West 42nd Street block, has a running time of 90 minutes (I think), without intermission, and tonight is its only performance date.

When this show is over I will hurry back to the apartment to settle in front of my TV to watch the remainder of Game Five of The World Series.

So, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, you are now up-to-date and it is time for your favorite blogger to get ready to head out for a walk and wander session to begin his entertainment doubleheader.


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>5.21 miles (or, 11,391 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>1,221.42 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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