Monday, November 3, 2014

Chairs and A Long Table - Pool (no water) - Oratorio Society @ Carnegie Hall

Monday==>Good morning to all of my loyal and faithful readers and followers. I hope that everyone had a great weekend because your favorite blogger here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, certainly did.

So ... why don’t we get started with Billi Pod’s report cards on yesterday’s entertainment doubleheader ... starting with ...

The Off Broadway show ...

CHAIRS AND A LONG TABLE, a drama that follows a group of Asian American actors in New York City as they prepare to attend a conference in L.A. addressing racial discrimination in the casting of a classic Chinese play, where the two lead characters have been cast with non-Asian actors==>B

The acting is excellent, headed by Moses Villarama as the articulate but extremely angry Asian actor Bill.

The story line is interesting as it explores the perceived under-use of Asian actors, that is hidden by the use of the concept of “culture diversity.” The problem is ... the playwright hammers this issue in your face over and over and over until it gets a bit old.

The show could easily be trimmed by 10-15 minutes.

Having said all of this ... it is still an involving and thought-provoking show ... so ...

Billi Pod says==>it is worth seeing.

The show is in previews. It opens on November 6th, is playing at The Theatre Row Complex on my West 42nd Street block, has a running time of 1:30, without intermission, and runs through November 22nd.

It was around 4:45pm when the show was over and when I left the theater complex it was already totally dark outside. Man, do I hate this. Thanks for the consequences of having to turn the clock back an hour. Thanks a lot==>NOT!!

Anyway ... came back to the apartment for my usual pre-theater snack, a fruit and cheese plate, and then it was time to head downtown to The Village for my second show.

It had really gotten cold out and the wind was howling ... so ... I got out my thermal underwear and gloves ... meaning ... Winter has now officially arrived for Billi Pod.

My second event was another Off Broadway show ... 

POOL (no water), a famous artist invites old friends to her new home for a long awaited reunion. But the celebration comes to an abrupt end when the host suffers a horrific accident. An almost unthinkable plan starts to take shape - could her suffering be the group’s next work of art?==>A-

What an amazing performance from the stellar 5-person cast: Estelle Bajou, Eric Berryman, Nick Flint, Richard Saudek and Maja Wampuszyc.

The story line involves the fragility of friendship and the jealousy inspired by success and it is very troubling at times. 

The staging is remarkable as the performers are in constant motion using the only props, 5 long white thin tables, to create multiple scenes.

The hour-long running time flies by.

Billi Pod says==>if you want good acting and something “different,” then this is the show for you. 

It is playing at The Barrow Street Theatre in The West Village, has a running time of 1:00, without intermission, and runs through November 24th.

When the show was over it was way too cold and windy to even consider walking back to the apartment, which would have taken about an hour.

Now ... moving on to today ...

This is Monday so Billi Pod has his usual errands and chores list, which he will begin working on when he finishes this posting.

The entertainment event for this evening is another classical music concert at Carnegie Hall ... 

8:00==>ORATORIO SOCIETY OF NEW YORK @ Carnegie Hall. The program is:

Hadyn - The Creation.
(complimentary ticket)

According to the press blurb: “Haydn's oratorio depicts the creation of the World, based on the Bible's Book of Genesis and Book of Psalms, and Milton's Paradise Lost.”

It will feature The Chorus and Orchestra, with three soloists representing the archangels Gabriel, Uriel, and Raphael. 

It will be performed in German, is in three parts and has a running time of 1:45, without intermission (I think). 

OK, my loyal and faithful readers and followers ... time to post this and then get to work on my errands and chores list ...

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>3.53 miles (or, 7,720 steps)

Total mileage for the week==>28.90 miles (average 4.13 miles per day)

Total mileage for 2014==>1,253.44 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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