• Upcomimg Trips

    October 14 to 21 Cruise - Bermuda
  • theatre and Concerrts

    November 3rd. Saw the much acclaimed “The Nap” by Brian Bean. By coincidence, Christine and I watched the world snooker championship on the BBC while we were in London last May; the play is about an elaborate con pulled on the championships. Billed as a comedy, it has, in the cast, a transvestite Mrs. Malaprop. The actor/actress playing the part did not have the timing to make the most of the mis-pronounced humour. There was a very clever coordination between the real table on which the contestants played (one of whom was a real snooker champion) and the screen above  it showing the action. The con included a somewhat unconvincing fake execution which scuttled the comedy in my view.

    October 3. Attended a beautiful memorial to the late Robert Mann at the Manhattan School of Music. The highlight was  sandwiched  between Mozart and Faure – Robert Mann’s setting of The Swedish Match Girl. The story was narrated By his 96 -year-old widow, Lucy. The piano quartet included Nicholas Mann, Robert’s son.

     Ocober 8. Susan and went to the 92nd Street Y to see a pre-screening of the film “The Oath” followed by a question and answer period by the author/director and a well-known television personality. Susan was,  I think, impressed–it is an obvious Liberal political piece–I was put off by the gratuitous violence and expletive-heavy dialogue.

    October 9. Susan, Christine and I saw a most-marvelous production of Chekov’s “Uncle Vanya” at The Kaye Playhouse. The action was brilliantly played out by the actors in the pit of the theatre with the audience rising in tiers all around them.

    All the actors were superb, but Jay O. Sanders in the title role gave a commanding performance and the audience was spell-bound from beginning to end.

     

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Like Life at the Met Breuer

During Susan’s brief visit, we took the Q train to 72nd Street and thence to The Breuer on Madison. I was particularly anxious to see the exhibit of sculpture from across the last 500 years in light of the #metoo activism which supposedly influenced the exhibition. Gone were the voluptuous curves of the classical portrayals of the female form by the old masters – here they were replaced by stark realism and over-literal detail. Even including an autopsied carcass with distinctly unsexist organs on public display! Enlarge the  pictures for detail:

Patrons pondering a potato lady

 

Potatoes?

 

Sexist image?

 

Modern Miss

 

Everything in its right place?

 

. . . of course!

 

The years hang heavy!

 

. . . . the same lady, all dressed up . . .

 

Office discussion

 

This exhibit is interesting but seems a little odd in the context

 

. . . as does this one . . .

 

Beautifully carved marble detail of one of the more traditional forms.

 

The traditionally moulded backside of the figure above!

 

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