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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 –Annie –Hospital and Stephen Burrows

The day before Ethel’s accident, we had a surprise visit from an old UN colleague of mine: Annie Zimmermann from Buenos Aires. We happily chatted away about our lives since we last met (In Argentina some ten years ago) over a bottle of wine (Malbec, naturally!)

I was taken up for the following days with Ethel’s hospital repair work of course, but, during Bonnie’s visit, I was able to get out for a bit while she looked after her aunt Ethel. On one of these occasions, I went to the Museum of the City of NY which is situated on Fifth Avenue just a few blocks north of Mt. Sinai hospital.

I was intrigued by the spiky designs of Fashion designer , Stephen Burrows. He is the Fauvist of the design world; he uses flat saturated colours with startling effect. It would take a brave woman to wear his clothes on the street!

Here is Annie . . . .

Here is Annie . . . .

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Annie and Ethel the day before Ethelk's accident

Annie and Ethel the day before Ethel’s accident

Mt. Sinai gift shop

Mt. Sinai gift shop

Roof-top pool party

Roof-top pool party

Bonnie grooms Ethel after the fall

Bonnie grooms Ethel after the fall

The Stephen Burrows exhibit at the City of  NY Museum

The Stephen Burrows exhibit at the City of NY Museum

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And, finally, one of New York’s daredevil window cleaners at work!

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