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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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Blueish Whale

The American Museum of Natural History is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the  reopening of the Hall of Ocean Life. I went over to have another look at the blue whale model. It’s 94 feet long and hangs in the air, underneath an aquamarine-blue skylight. I have seen it a great many times over the past 40 years and it is still awesome! I tried to pick out the tweaks to its anatomy which the scientists had apparently made to the original but, it looked no different to me. I thought, though, that its colour was much more blue/gray than I seemed to remember.

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Blue(?) Mnster

Blue(?) Monster

Wonderful dioramas of past and present oceans

Wonderful dioramas of past and present oceans

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Finally. my favourite. A happy, relaxed sea-otter, wrapped in kelp, enjoying a nice sea urchin for lunch!

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