Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Girl Who Came To Supper - The Brightness of Heaven - The Country House - The Elections

Wednesday==>We need to get today’s posting started because on this overcast day here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, your favorite blogger has an entertainment doubleheader scheduled ... so ... let’s start with ...

Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s Off Broadway show ... 

THE GIRL WHO CAME TO SUPPER, a Noel Coward musical set in 1911 London about an American chorus girl who becomes involved with a Balkan archduke (after he sees her perform in a West End musical), his teenage son and the Queen Mother==>Thumbs Up!

This show is given a thumb rating because it is basically a staged reading since the performers have scripts in hand, and, as many of you know, Billi Pod usually doesn’t give letter grades to staged readings.

Having said this ... it was a totally enjoyable performance of this 1963 musical comedy with an excellent cast headed by: Jessica Wagner as Mary, the chorus girl; Jonathan Raviv as Charles, the archduke; and, Joan Barber as Queen Mother, who generates most of the laughs.

To make the evening even more enjoyable, I ran into my friends Alan and Irene Warshauer, who are my friends from one of my New York Philharmonic series. These two attorneys are big fans of the Musicals Tonight program and have been coming to productions for years.

They were seated right behind me. Yep ... small world.

Billi Pod says==>this is definitely worth seeing.

It is playing at The Theatre Row Complex on my West 42nd Street block, has a running time of 2:30, with intermission, and runs through November 16th.

Moving on to today’s entertainment doubleheader ...

First is an Off Broadway show down in The Village ...

3:00==>THE BRIGHTNESS OF HEAVEN - “The Kilgannons are a typical Irish family in 1974 Buffalo. However, the world is changing fast, the generation gap is widening, and the future is up for grabs. Will the Kilgannons find the serenity to accept the things they cannot change and the wisdom to know that what needs changing most is sitting around the dinner table?” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

This “witty drama” is playing at The Cherry Lane Theater in The West Village, has a running time of 1:30, without intermission, and runs through December 4th.

When the show is over I will have to hurry back to the apartment because my next entertainment event is a Broadway show at 7:00pm and I have to pick up my comp. ticket no later than 6:30pm.

The show is ...

7:00==>THE COUNTRY HOUSE - “A brood of famous and longing-to-be-famous creative artists have gathered at their Berkshires summerhouse during the Williamstown Theatre Festival. When the weekend takes an unexpected turn, everyone is forced to improvise … inciting a series of simmering jealousies, a flurry of romantic outbursts and a bout of passionate soul-searching.” (Broadway - complimentary ticket)

Tony and Emmy winner Blythe Danner stars as Anna Patterson, the matriarch of the family.

The show has received just so-so reviews but I still wanted to see it solely because of Blythe Danner.

It is playing at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on West 47th Street, has a running time of 2:20, with intermission, and runs through November 23rd.

So there you have it my loyal and faithful readers and followers. I hope you agree that it looks like a pretty interesting entertainment doubleheader.

Moving on some more ...

Yesterday’s walking mileage was one of the lowest for 2014. My plans to walk and wander just didn’t happen because a number of things came up that kept Billi Pod in the warm and cozy confines of PHC for most of the day and into the evening before his show. The show was in a theater right next to his building.

In closing==>The results of yesterday’s election are now in ... and remember, those of you out there in the hinterlands, wastelands and boondocks who voted Republican ...

YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW ... jus sayin’.

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>1.28 miles (or, 2,817 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>1,259.30 miles (average 4.09 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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