Sunday==>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 matinee scheduled for this afternoon.
So ... let’s begin with Billi Pod’s report card on yesterday’s stellar Off Broadway show ...
PUNK ROCK, in a private school outside of Manchester, England a group of highly-articulate seventeen year-olds flirt and posture their way through the day while preparing for their A-Level mock exams. With hormones raging and minimal adult supervision, nothing can mask the underlying tension that becomes increasingly pronounced as the clock ticks towards the ultimate dismissal==>A.
Folks, this is excellent theater.
First of all ... the young American cast does a great job in creating understandable authentic British accents.
The seven teenagers they play are a diverse mixture: Cissy (Lilly Englert), the overachiever who’s devastated by a B in English; Bennett (Will Pullen), her bullying boyfriend who may be hiding his true sexuality; Nicholas (Pico Alexander), the handsome jock; Tanya (Annie Funke), the sensitive one who is plagued by a poor body image; Chadwick (Noah Robbins), the much-abused intellectual loner nerd with a doomsday philosophy; Lilly (Colby Minifie), the new girl; and the overeager and overimaginative William (Douglas Smith) who appears to be a ‘nice guy.’
Each character is believable.
The tension between these insecure adolescents glides gradually but inevitably toward a horrific showdown that is both expected but none-the-less shocking and emotionally draining.
The final scene with William (Douglas Smith) and a psychiatrist is one of the best I have seen on stage in a long long time
Billi Pod says==>you gotta see this show.
Warning==>be sure you totally empty your bladder before the show starts.
The playwright is Simon Stephens who also wrote “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night” that is currently enjoying a highly successful run on Broadway.
My friends Michael Pederson, Dennis Dohman, Marty Kosarik and Robert Danforth were also at the show and they each gave it an A.
This show is playing at The Lucille Lortel Theatre on Christopher Street in The West Village, has a running time of 1:50, without intermission, and runs through December 7th.
When the show was over I subwayed back to the apartment and settled in front of my 42” flat screen TV to become a total couch potato and watch college football for the remainder of the day and up until midnight, when I finally turned the TV off.
Yeah ... that's right ... it was nonstop college football for the next 8 hours ... but ...
It was worth it because ...
My Florida Gators beat Vanderbilt 34-10 behind an excellent performance from freshman quarterback Treon Harris, making his second start of the season. Harris was 13-of-21 passing for 215 yards and rushed for 49 yards and two touchdowns.
Next Saturday at noon in The Swamp we will take on Coach Steve Spurrier and The South Carolina Limpcocks.
The rest of the games that Billi Pod watched were very exciting, especially since, as many of you loyal and faithful readers and followers know, Billi Pod hates Tigers ...
Yes, Alabama beat the LSU Tigers 20-13 in OT and Texas A&M beat the Auburn Tigers 41-38 as Auburn basically pissed away the game. Nice and double Nice!!
Moving on ...
Billi Pod’s entertainment event for today is a show at The York Theatre ...
2:30==>SATURDAY NIGHT - “Gene isn't satisfied with life in Brooklyn - no, he's meant for bigger things. After crashing a party and meeting a fabulous southern dame (also a crasher) he comes up with a scheme to get rich quick on the market, and this plan can't fail ... can it?” (Off Broadway - discounted ticket)
This show is Stephen Sondheim’s first professional musical and is part of the York Theatre’s Musicals in Mufti Series.
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 16th.
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.
In closing ... with some walk and wander time before yesterday’s show and my walking in the apartment during the football games (when the ball changes hands and during time outs) I was able to record some decent mileage==>4.22 miles.
HAVE A GREAT REST OF THE WEEKEND EVERYONE!!
Total mileage for 2014==>1,273.08 miles (average 4.08 miles per day)
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”