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  • theatre and Concerrts

    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.

             

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Atlantic City

Ethel’s rewards program earned us two free nights at the “Showboat”. Tolls and gas make the outing less “free” than it used to be. The cost of road tolls, which have become a sneaks way of increasing taxes without victims realising it, is now significant. They have crept up to about $25 for the round trip to AC! But, we had one perfect day for walking and picture taking and while I was doing that, Ethel won $50 in the Casino.

Romance on the dunes

Romance on the dunes

 

current view of the boardwalk . . . . .

current view of the boardwalk . . . . .

 

 . . . . . Future views. A massive new construction at the north end of the boardwalk

. . . . . Future views. A massive new construction at the north end of the boardwalk

 

AC3

View from the pier

View from the pier

 

Oldstyle entertainment

Oldstyle entertainment

 

Flotsam? Jetsam?

Flotsam? Jetsam?

 

Fishermen's view of AC

Fishermen's view of AC

 

But even archaic survival systems have individual losers

But even archaic survival systems have individual losers

 

Sweet shop on the pier

Sweet shop on the pier

 

The beach crowds have left for the winter

The beach crowds have left for the winter

 

Shepherds pie and Bass ale tonight. Hurrah!

Shepherds pie and Bass ale tonight. Hurrah!

Irish pub ambience

Irish pub ambience

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