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  • theatre and Concerrts

    December 7. Went to the Met to see the abridged version of “The Magic Flute”. We have seen this production before and still the charm of the great puppet characters keeps the children in awe and their parents happy with their parenting. An amusing interlude.

    December 9. Saw the Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon” by Nicolo Isouard at the Florence Gould Hall. The MSM is having both its concert halls renovated and is using outside premises like the Alliance Francaise’s hall. The School and its talented young students put everything they have into this production; Scenery, lighting, costumes and acting was superb. As was the directing and conducting. Refreshing also, was that the cast was of the age to be convincing in their parts.

    December 10. The first of the “Peoples Symphony Concerts” this season (Their 118th year!). “The Variation String Trio” did the honours accompanied by guest pianist: Orion Weiss. Their programme included a new work by Nina Young (b.1984) Very interesting, but not, I think, a world-beater.

    December 31 Went to the Kaye theatre at Hunter College  to see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore”. Cast and orchestra captured the high spirits of the musical romp and the sets were surprisingly professional. Reminded me of the old Sadlers’ Wells days,

    January 2, 2018. Saw the Met’s “The Merry Widow”. During the first act, the acoustics left a lot to be desired and words were difficult to hear, even in English. But all went well in the second and third acts; the Russian style dancing was rousing and the sets were spectacular. There are usually only six ‘Grisettes’ (Can-can girls) on a regular stage, but the Met’s vast space seemed to be full of them; three, even, descending from the top of the proscenium arch! All with their frilly knickers a-shaking


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92nd Street Y’s annual street fair — Stuffiness dispelled

The emphasis this year seemed to be away from the theatre and more towards international awareness. We didn’t find a single theatre booth but we did look in at many of the 22  booths representing countries from around the world. Of course, the Y’s own craft, dance and art classes, together with its extraordinary music and literary offerings got the top billing.

The event was partially sponsered by Fairway Supermarkets who have recently opened up a new store on 86th street on the east side. The Fairway booth sported a spinning wheel like a miniature Wheel of Fortune. Ethel immediately stepped up and won a $20 gift card!  Amusingly,  as soon as Ethel received the card, the wheel was whipped away and replaced with the $20 slot pasted over!

The multi-ethnic street food booths were out in force as usual.

Pottery forming is tricky . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . .and often escapes control!

Ice cream intermission

Dancers' dramatic finish

Exotic dancers. Front . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . and back

Fair beauties . . . . .

Even braces are glamerous!

Serious vegetable carving

Ethel bargaining at the roast corn stall

Bargain struck

Burning HOT!




2 Responses

  1. Great pictures. The dancers were beautiful.

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