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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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“Age of Empires” at the met Museum

The Met Museum has mounted an exhibition of Qin and Han dynasties artifacts from 32 sources in China. It includes a few of the famous ‘Terracotta Army’ figures which Dorothy and I  admired in situ so many years ago. Viewing this (very comprehensive) exhibit, I was struck by the range of  expressions the ancient artisans  were able to portray in their human sculptures–many were quite hilarious. One would never believe  that the Han dynasty people of two thousand years ago would have a sense of humour? In contrast, their animal sculptures were mainly fierce and scary. Here are few pictures (taken without flash, of course) to illustrate the point:          Enlarge to full screen for the best detail.

Han dancer strutting her seduction routine . . . the severe and reproachful countenance was reserved for those men who did not appreciate her art.

 

Full frontal nudity was common 2,000 years ago and was taken quite seriously .  Headgear of some kind was, however, mandatory.

 

A mass of happy Han faces. Only the bull seems to be unamused.

 

This Han gentleman looks quite severe– perhaps his hat is not fitting as well as he had hoped? . . .

 

. . . . on the other hand, this air-borne enchantress with her offering bowl looks quite content with her lot.

 

Two Han comedians doing their sign-off routine.

 

Row of manikins . . .

 

Row of horses . . . .

 

. . . . . all equally content  .. . .

 

. . . as is this one . . . .

 

. . . this one is fierce and fiery though . . .

 

. . . perhaps because he is being set upon by this awesome lion ?

 

Unsuspecting herd of cows–unaware of its impending fate!

 

After an exhausting day in the galleries, nothing can beat a leisurely lunch in the museum’s café overlooking Cleopatra’s Needle in Central Park!

 

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2 Responses

  1. I still haven’t gotten over you and Dave seeing the terracotta soldiers on exhibit in Montreal. I was so envious.

    • Amy. Thank you for reminding me. Dave and I were not just fishermen!–No. We crowded in as many adventures as we could in our trips to, and from Cochrane. Love, Ben

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