Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Groundling - New York Philharmonic - Geico Spokesman

Thursday==>It is gray, gloomy and cold this morning here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World ... yeah ... what’s new, right?

At 10:30am it is 24º, wind chill down to 12º ... and ... the bad news ...

Snow is in the forecast off and on during the afternoon and into the evening, carrying over into tomorrow. Just what we need ... more snow ... oh well ...

Let’s move on to something much more positive ... and that is ... tada ...

Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s excellent entertainment event ...

The Off Broadway show ...

THE GROUNDLING, after stumbling upon a small outdoor production of a Shakespeare play in Manhattan, Long Island landscaper Bob Malone is inspired to write a play about his troubled marriage. He hires two reluctant New York theatre professionals to spend a week at his home and stage the play in his garage with a cast of colorful locals==>A-.

This totally enjoyable play is half comedy and half tragedy, half verse and half prose. It starts as a formalistic show business farce, but takes a rather unexpected swerve toward sadness and heartbreak.

The story line is involving even if it is just barely believable.

The highlight for me was the excellent acting, headed by Robert Ierardi as Bob, the playwright, Brian Barnhart as Dodd, the frenzied director, and Kendall Rileigh as Victoria, the reluctant actress.

For your information==>The word groundling refers to a person in the standing-room-only section of the audience at an Elizabethan theater, in olden times.

Billi Pod says==>see this show before it closes.

It is playing at the Axis Theatre at 1 Sheridan Square in The West Village, has a running time of 1:30, without intermission, and runs through March 8th.

Moving on ...

Tonight’s entertainment event is a classical music concert up at Lincoln Center ... 

7:30==>NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA @ Avery Fisher Hall - The program is:

Sibelius - Violin Concerto (performed by Frank Peter Zimmermann); 
Sibelius - “The Oceanides;” and
Brahms - Symphony No. 2
(classical music concert - free ticket, subscriber perk)

What do I mean by “subscriber perk?" Answer: For each series you subscribe to you are given a free ticket to a concert of your choosing. This year I subscribed to 3 series, so I received redeemable vouchers for 3 free concerts.

While we are on classical music ...

Bummer==>Was just notified by one of my ticket services that the producers of Friday night’s concert by The National Chorale, at Avery Fisher Hall, have withdrawn their complimentary ticket offer. Bummer! This very rarely happens but it is still a bummer when it does. Bummer!!

Oh well ... ain’t nothing I can do about it except move on and book something else for that time slot ... anyway ...

The lease on my apartment, PHC, on the 41st floor of 420 W. 42nd Street, is up on May 31st. I am anxiously awaiting the renewal offer from ownership. I know they will be asking for a ridiculous increase in the already gasp-inducing rent. This is gonna also be a major bummer.

On this happy note I will close this out by giving you loyal and faithful readers and followers the results of your favorite blogger's internet research into the history/background of the spokesman in the GEICO commercials ...
Who knew? You are so very welcome.

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.31  miles (or, 9,438 steps)

Total mileage for 2015==>229.47 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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