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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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Odd-Mod at the Whitney

Thanks to my good friend, Barbara, we were able to  see the Whitney museum’s exhibit for the “Whitney Biennial 2017”. It is a vast exhibit which would take several visits to do it justice. In our case, we spent valuable time having a leisurely lunch on the Whitney’s top balcony in between art-gazing. Modern art seems to me to be taking a new direction; it is getting away from geometrical shapes and minimalist placement of objects at strange angles and trending towards complicated tangles of stuff which the layman’s’ mind’s eye has to work hard in order to  unravel. Click on the picture for detail :

start unravelling . . .


. . . . .


. . .where does it begin? . . .


. . . tiled closet . . .


.  . .  display shelves . . .


. . . a right tangle, this . . .


. . . . . .


back to strategic placement . . .


 . . . anatomical . . .


. . . . .


Multi-mirrored view down to the first floor . . .


tangle of figures and electronic screen on a turn-table. . . .






One Response

  1. Hi Ben… glad you sent the preview, the first one looks as if the dog vomit on its self. The others “Art?”. No thanks… Actually they look kinda weirdly. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! Nereida your friend

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