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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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Open House at the New York Public Library

My NYPL  membership entitled me to attend the Holiday Open House on Sunday (Dec. 8) and it was an event not to be missed. Great fun!

Expertly arranged and run, there was something for everyone; fun and games for the children; wine and breadsticks for the adults and access to three floors of activities, music and culture.

I took the subway to Grand Central Station and there, in the Vanderbilt Hall, was an hors d’oeuvre–it was given over to an Xmas market!

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Brilliantly colored shades

Brilliantly colored shades in Grand Central station

This lady had some very unusual hats for sale but she didn't want me to photograph them

This lady had some very unusual hats for sale but she didn’t want me to photograph them

The West Point Glee Club singing on the steps of the Library at Fifth Avenue

The West Point Glee Club singing on the steps of the Library at Fifth Avenue

Head mislaid

Head mislaid

"The Callbacks"

“The Callbacks”

Now you see them . . . . .

Now you see them . . . . .

. . . . .now you don't

. . . . .now you don’t

 . . .  .there they are?

. . . .there they are?

Serious Sax

Serious Sax

Serious Bass

Serious Bass

Cadets confir

Cadets confer

Invitees imbibe

Invitees imbibe

Dickens' writing table

Dickens’ writing table

Rare chance to see rare books and manuscripts

Rare chance to see rare books and manuscripts

Dickens' performance copy of "The Cricket on the Hearth"

Dickens’ performance copy of “The Cricket on the Hearth”

Changing time

Changing time

View from the third floor

View from the third floor

Mime--familiar?

Mime–familiar?

Ballonist

Balloonist–also familiar?

Part of the throng

Part of the throng

. . . . . young and old . . . .

. . . . . young and old . . . .

. . . .  were enjoying the event.

. . . . were enjoying the event.

The choir master  viewed from above

The choir master viewed from above

Stilted figures . . . .

Stilted figures . . . .

. . . . ... . . .

. . . . … . . .

Top part of a stilted figure

Top part of a stilted figure

Happy Snowman!

Happy Snowman!

 

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3 Responses

  1. Wish I was there. It looks like a lot of fun

  2. Beautiful photos! Looks like it was a fun event!

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