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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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Canterbury Windows and Mediaeval Mayhem at The Cloisters

Took the M4 bus to The Cloisters museum at Fort Tryon to view the stained-glass windows on loan from Canterbury Cathedral and, perhaps, listen to the ecclesiastical singers performing in the Chapel where the windows are being exhibited.

In the event we were too late for the singing but the  remarkable craftsmanship of the stained-glass was well worth the visit  alone. To contemplate that these same windows were installed in  Canterbury Cathedral at the time  when Thomas a Becket was the archbishop nearly 9oo years ago was a very sobering thought!

With time to spare, I explored some of the less obvious artifacts and found myself fascinated by a whole series of painted glass roundels, of which, the following pictures are about two thirds the number exhibited. They are remarkable, not only for the quality of their amazing modeling and craftsmanship but also for their subject matter which is often downright macabre. Take, for instance, the scene of the man kneeling serenely on the bleeding stumps of his legs while his remaining extremities are being hacked off! Or the ladies who appear to be dining off a fetus while their male visitor (the father?) looks about to vomit? The curator has provided explanations for each of  the roundels but I preferred to let my own lurid imagination do the work:

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Mediaeval sci-fi

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