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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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NY Day – A touch of Spring

70 degrees in the Park and Spring was evident all over! And more of the Tunnelers.

. . . . . crocuses are already giving way to daffodils and

 > . . . .  and the turtles are fast a-mating!

. . . . not at lightning speed, perhaps

. . . . joined by the squirrels . . .

ever posing for the cameras . . . .

 . . . .  . and, of course the bird-watchers . . .

. . . . who sometimes get in front of the camera rather than behind it . . .

The tunnelers are a little behind schedule , I think. They were supposed to have completed  the blasting phase by February but lately they have been firing one blast each day at about 8.30 in the evening. They make it a good one! The warm weather allows me to keep the balcony door open and the roar of the rolling blast thunders like a string of bombs hitting the City!

They have, however, started the underground stucture they will need to get the drilling debris to the surface.

This huge mecano-set structure is being assembled above ground. It is, I am told, part of the conveyor belt hoist which will bring the drilled rock to the trucks waiting above.

presumably, they will have to undo it all in order to get it underground?

 . . . . but this uni-cyclist who has chosen the ideal vehicle to get around the remnants of our sidewalks, was completely unimpressed by the activity . . 

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2 Responses

  1. Beautiful day and photos. I especially liked the one showing you and Ethel in the squirrel attire.

  2. Shucks! Valerie, you recognised us! It was always our ambition to get a part in “Law and Order”.

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