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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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Art on Park Avenue

Took the  second Avenue bus to 50th and walked across to Park to view the installation art of Alice Aycock. The morning was bright and ideal for photography but, when I first arrived at Park Avenue, the sun was not high enough to  light the bottom of the canyon. I sat on the steps among the lunch-time crowd until the sun bested the office towers. The time was not wasted–the al fresco diners were keen to tell me all about the photographic equipment they used and to recommend how I should upgrade mine.

The art, as is usual for these displays, is installed on the centre median at the cross roads. Heavy traffic, both pedestrian and vehicular, made for difficult timing of shots but here are mine; art interacting with the bustle of New York:

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Ben: Lenore & I continue to enjoy your brief photo tours that capture the energy, excitement & magic of New York City. We know what we’re missing but at least we have plenty of sunshine & oranges to make up for our loss. Regards, Larry Aronow

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