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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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Tom Passes on!

Sadly, Tom Smith, husband to Kim, suffered a catastrophic illness last Saturday and died.

Since he lived so far away in Scotland, we had resorted to Skype for most of our conversations and, it so happened that I was awaiting a call from him that day to let me know the best version to download! Two years ago, though, he drove Kim and me around Scotland and the Isle of Skye for a marvelously interesting ten days or so, calling in on some of his relatives along the way, and we all found the accomplishment so gratifying that we determined to repeat the drive in Tom’s beloved Lowlands–postponed for ever, now, I’m afraid!

Here are a few favourite expressions of Tom:

Tom in his element — the Lowland countryside of Earlston . . .

 

Tom with one of his nieces . . . . .

 

Tom and Kim on their wedding day . . . .

 

He will be so sadly missed!

 

 

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4 Responses

  1. Know my thoughts and prayers go out to Kim and all her family at this sad time.

  2. Thank you for your support, Amy. I will pass your message on to Kim. LOve, Ben

  3. My condolences to Kim and her family.
    Thinking of you and Kim.
    Love, Chi & Florence

  4. Dear Ben Alan and I have been out of touch again (playing with our beloved boat) and now we’re home we were so sorry to hear the sad news of Tom – please pass on our condolences to Kim.   Hope you are keeping well.Take care,Love Denise & Alan xx

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