Friday, February 20, 2015

-18º - Rocket to the Moon - Fashions for Men - Jack McBrayer & Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

Friday==>At 8:30am here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, it was a freezing , with wind chill it was down to -18º. In the photo you can see the ice that has formed in The Hudson River

Yeah ... that’s right ... wind chill of 18º below zero ... now folks ... that’s cold. Yes, I know ... it’s cold almost everywhere today ... but ... -18º is what your favorite blogger will have to deal with here in Gotham City.

Trust me on this ... no way am I gonna voluntarily leave the warm and cozy confines of my apartment to brave the elements. The only exception will be tonight when I will have a short walk to a theater in my immediate Hell’s Kitchen 'hood for my show (details below).

As I reported in yesterday’s posting, I had only a short 4 block walk to my theater for last night’s show. Well, when I left PHC @ 7:15pm it was already down to 10º, with wind chill down to -9º, so the walk to and from the theater was extremely unpleasant. 

In all honesty ... had I paid for my ticket rather than gotten it through one of my ticket services, I would have skipped this show strictly due to the weather. But ... ticket service means you gotta show up or face serious consequences ... so ...

Oh well ... let’s just move on to Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s entertainment event ...

The Off Broadway show ...

ROCKET TO THE MOON, Clifford Odets’ classic drama is set in the oppressive heat of a stifling New York summer, where the waiting room of Ben Stark's dental practice serves as the backdrop to his mid-life crisis as he attempts to escape the confines of his life by having an affair with his secretary, Cleo==>B+

There is a lot to like in this production by the stellar The Peccadillo Theater Company that is dedicated to “... the rediscovery of classic American theater works that have not been regularly revived.”

The story line is woven around a World that is still crippled by The Great Depression and the inability of the unhappily married dentist to make the personal decision(s) that might lead to change and happiness in his life.

There is a lot of frustration and anger from most of the characters, with a lot of screaming and yelling, which gets kinda tiring about 3/4s through the plot.

The acting is excellent, especially Ned Eisenberg as Stark and Katie McClellan as Cleo, his secretary.

The house was 98% full and very much into the show.

Billi Pod says==>if you are looking for classic theater, then this is the show for you.

This drama is playing at The Theatre at Saint Clements on West 46th Street, has a running time of 2:20, with intermission, and runs through March 28th.

Now ... let’s move on to tonight’s entertainment event ...

The Off Broadway show ...

8:00==>FASHIONS FOR MEN - “Ferenc Molnár’s classic comedy is set in a high-class haberdashery in Budapest (serving both men and women). The shop's owner, Peter Juhasz, is a saintly beacon of decency who only sees the good in everyone - making him easy prey for the sinners who surround him. When his wife steals his last dollar and runs off with his top salesman, Peter is on his own, facing bankruptcy. Will he wise up and learn to protect himself from those who would take advantage of his goodness? Or will he persist in seeing the world through the rose-colored lens of his own compassion?” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

This is a production by The Mint Theater Company whose mission is: “... to bring new vitality to worthwhile but neglected plays.” They usually do excellent work and have a very loyal and appreciative fan-base.

This show has generated a very favorable buzz and several of my theater-buddies have highly recommended it ... so ... I am looking forward to seeing it.

In closing==>a head’s up to those of you loyal and faithful readers and followers who are late-night TV watchers ...

Tonight at 11:30pm on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network) is a new show called - THE JACK AND TRIUMPH SHOW - featuring Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”) and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (“Conan”).

The premise is that McBrayer’s Jack was a child star featured in a “Lassie”-like series called “Triumph’s Boy,” in which he played opposite an adorable mutt. But then the family ran through all Jack’s money, and Triumph led him into a life of drugs, decadence and eventually prostitution to make ends meet. After that, Triumph disappeared.

Years later, Jack has resumed something approaching a normal life, then the dog finds his way back home and begins pulling Jack back into showbiz.

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? I will give a report on it in tomorrow’s posting.

Weather update==>at 1:00pm it is 15º, wind chill down to - Brrrrr!



Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>2.36 miles (or, 5,157 steps)

Total mileage for 2015==>205.46 miles (average 4.11 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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