Tuesday, August 19, 2014

KING LEAR LITHGOW and QUEEN HELEN MIRREN


Friday
Inside the Subway at 77th Street

Walk uptown along Fifth Avenue past eight sparrows
 Enter the park, walk west through the Tunnel
 Make a left at the Metropolitan Museum
then a right when you site Belvedere Castle
Arrive at the Delacorte Theater for the next to last performance of john Lithgow as
"King Lear"
No photographs allowed, so I only snapped this side shot of the set on the way in. We had very fine seats thanks to dear Archangel Michael who went over to the park at dawn, read till they passed out free tickets at noon, and posed with the bears after the show.
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Here is
Ellen Kushner's Review
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What the play is about according to the brilliant Jonathan Miller.
http://youtu.be/PY9Hg-UofMo

Sunday
A wonderful fairy tale of a movie I thoroughly enjoyed with friend Amy  Ernst, who cooked a fine supper at her place after the show.

"The Hundred Foot Journey"
 http://youtu.be/h6H8pAKKkgQ
Extra

A little Architectural and Cultural New York History
The Village East Cinema, located at 181-189 Second Avenue, opened in 1926 as The Yiddish Art Theater in the heart of New York City’s Jewish Rialto district. Designed by prominent Brooklyn lawyer and Jewish community leader Louis Jaffe, the historic building was built as an elaborate, 1265 seat live theater for Yiddish theater pioneer Maurice Schwartz. The interior was designed in the Moorish Revival style that was popular in synagogues at the time, and included a forty-foot ornamental ceiling with a spectacular Star of David in the center that is still present today.  The Yiddish Art Theater housed elaborate productions from Maurice Schwartz and his troupe, such as “The Tenth Commandment” (1926) and “Yoshe Kalb” (1932) which ran for a record 300 performances. Schwartz’s loyal following and festive, imaginative plays attracted such renowned guests as Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, George Gershwin and former New York City mayor Fiorello LaGuardia.  The building went through several names and incarnations throughout the mid-1900s, including The Stuyvesant Theater, a film exhibition house, and a stint as the East Village landmark The Phoenix Theater, where it housed such productions “Oh! Calcutta”, “Grease”, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, “The Princess and the Pea” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.In 1992, the theater was restored and converted into the Village East Cinema
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2 comments:

yvette said...

thanks for walking with you....seeing new york through you eyes is great

love
sorry i'm not often hear
computer makes me restless these days

but love love love you

Peggy said...

A perfect weekend, you had me at "past eight sparrows" -- love that. I feel a little like I got to follow along. Right here is probably the closest I'll ever get to NYC... xoxo