Friday, February 13, 2015

Freezing Cold - Snow Orchid - Application Pending

Friday==>What can I say except ... man ... it is freezing cold here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World.

Yeah ... I know that many of you loyal and faithful readers and followers out there in the boondocks, wastelands and hinterlands are getting more than tired of the daily bitching and moaning about the weather up here in the Northeast ... but ... unfortunately the weather has a great impact on Billi Pod’s entertainment plans and stuff and ...

This blog is a record of his activities here in Gotham City ... so ... just live with it, OK? It ain’t gonna change ...

So ... Billi Pod will now report that at 8:00am this morning it was , with wind chill it was down to -10º and, I think you will all agree, that is fucking cold.

It has warmed up a bit as I am preparing this posting ... yeah ... warmed up ... at noon it is a balmy 15º, wind chill . It is also sunny, with blue skies and a few clouds. 

And .... unfortunately ... this will be the pattern for the weekend. Oh well ...

Happily, my show for this evening (details below) is in a venue only one short block away from my apartment building, and that is good.

So ... let’s move on to Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s entertainment event ...

SNOW ORCHID, in 1964 Brooklyn Rocco Lazarra is returning home to face his family after having suffered a nervous breakdown. His fiery wife, Filumena, longs for her native Sicily, while their two sons hope for a better life. As secrets are revealed, everyone is forced to re-examine their relationships, fears and dreams==>C 

In yesterday’s posting I predicted: “My gut tells me this is going to be filled with boozing, screaming, yelling, cussing, physical violence and basically unlikeable characters.” I was totally correct, especially about unlikeable characters.

The playwright throws in every imaginable dysfunctional family stereotype/cliché ... including ... incest, drug abuse, sibling rivalry, homosexuality, explosive anger, deception, physical violence, emotional disability, long-held secrets, unrealistic expectation etc etc etc.

The effect is to make the story line completely ... and I mean completely ... unbelievable and each of the four main characters totally unlikeable.

The thing that saves the show from a much lower mark is the stellar performances from each member of the 5-person cast. They do a great job with the material given to them.

Yes, I thought about leaving at intermission but opted to stay in hopes that Act II would get better ... it didn’t.

Billi Pod says==>you are hereby warned.

This show is playing at The Theatre Row Complex on my West 42nd Street block, has a running time of 2:15, with intermission, and runs through February 28th.

Moving on ...

Tonight’s entertainment event is an Off Broadway show ...

8:00==>APPLICATION PENDING - “A new comedy about the hilariously cutthroat world of kindergarten admissions at a New York private school. One actress, Christina Bianco, portrays rookie admissions officer Christine and over forty other roles, including all the wild personalities that she has to deal with on her first day on the job.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

The show just opened to very good reviews, including The New York Times. I am looking forward to seeing it.

This one-woman show is playing at The Westside Theatre on West 43rd Street, has a running time of 1:20, without intermission, and runs through April 19th.

Advance warning==>tomorrow I am having lunch with law student Justin Allen Pifer so Saturday’s posting will be delayed.

OK ... my loyal and faithful readers and followers ... time to post this and then briefly brave the elements for a quick trip across the street to the Food Emporium.


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>3.11 miles (or, 6,805 steps)

Total mileage for 2015==>179.13 miles (average 4.17 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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