Sunday, March 11, 2018

Theatre Lovers ---- REJOICE!!

Well, rejoice if you are also a cruise lover. 

I just stumbled on this Road Scholar learning experience - Best of London Theatre on Queen Mary 2Voyage across the Atlantic to England on the Queen Mary 2 with theatre expert Giles Ramsay and then binge on theatre in London. Luscious! Expensive no doubt but worth it. This one will be added to my theatre bucket list...

Day 1 - Arrival Day - New York, NY
Day 2 - The Queen Mary 2 - Queen Mary II
Day 3 - Giles Ramsay’s Lecture Series - Queen Mary II
Day 4 - The Lecture Series Continues - Queen Mary II
Day 5 - The Lecture Series Continues - Queen Mary II
Day 6 - The Lecture Series Continues - Queen Mary II
Day 7 - The Lecture Series Continues - Queen Mary II
Day 8 - Your Final On Board Lecture - Queen Mary II
Day 9 - Disembarkation & Transfer to London via Winchester - London
Day 10 - State of the Nation & Theatre Performance - London
Day 11 - The V&A, The Rehearsal Room & Theatre Performance - London
Day 12 - Meet A Theatre Critic & Enjoy A Final Performance - London
Day 13 - Program Concludes - London

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Bhi Bhiman - Carnegie Hall - March 10th

Regrettably, I can't make it to Bhi Bhiman's concert tonight at Carnegie HallSo, instead, I am going to enjoy the hilarious Moving to Brussels video.

Bhi Bhiman’s songs traverse R&B, power pop, socially conscious folk, and even hints of country and rockabilly. His sweetly lilting voice conjures the late Curtis Mayfield, while his insights into the human condition recall Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan at their best. He has covered Dire Straits’ “Walk of Life” (a performance immortalized in an Apple Watch ad) and sung his soulful “Moving to Brussels” in a video with comic Keegan-Michael Key. Bhiman continues to explore political and personal issues in deeply human songs that are witty and wise. Hear him and become a fan for life.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

I Tasted Some Madeira Then I Tasted Some Revenge

Every so often I leave the theater feeling like I just returned from an adventure - sort of like I just came off a thrill ride at an amusement park. 

That is how I felt a few Sundays ago after experiencing Aleshea Harris' revenge play Is God Is at Soho Rep

Now just maybe the wonderful tasting of 10-year Madeiras I had beforehand at the luscious terroir in Tribeca had something to do with it...but I don't think so... 

I truly went on a badass adventure and my head was wildly spinning. 

Once my head settled down a little, I looked for meaning in Ms. Harris' play - "a modern myth about twin sisters who sojourn from the Dirty South to the California desert to exact righteous revenge." 

What did it mean? 

I struggled with all sorts of situations (presently and historically) where people would justly want retribution. And what was Ms. Harris saying about these situations. And was she exploring any one in particular. 

And then I thought to myself - Maybe the play is simply a play about revengeScrew reconciliation!

And maybe sometimes, that just needs to happen...

Saturday, March 3, 2018

I Braved a Nor'easter to See Jazzmeia Horn and Her Show Was Worth It!!

If you can, please see the delightful jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn this weekend at Jazz Standard

The nor'easter has passed and all is calm. 

All you need now is a little jazz. 

I assure you. She will make you leave the Jazz Standard singing -  

"I love myself"

I do!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

"Amy and the Orphans" Led Me To Watch Geraldo Rivera's 1972 "Willowbrook" Expose...

Plays about "special needs" resonate with me. 

In recent years, I experienced Deanna Jent's Falling about the reality of a family dealing with an autistic son, subject to violent outbursts. 

Then Amy Herzog's Mary Jane about a mother coping with caring for her chronically sick child. 

And now, Lindsey Ferrentino's Amy and the Orphans, which runs through April 22nd at The Laura Pels Theatre, about two siblings reuniting with their sister, who has Down Syndrome. 

Days after seeing the play, Amy has remained with much so that it led me one night to Geraldo Rivera's 1972 expose about Willowbrook State School and how New York State failed those with "special needs."  

Beware, the expose is difficult to watch and may leave you restless (as it did me)...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Balloon Art Installation - Lincoln Center

As the balloons biodegrade, the way they change, that transition from ripe perfection to decomposing fragments is part of their complexity ~ Jihan Zencirli (Geronimo)

Artist - Jihan Zencirli (Geronimo)

I was treated to this massive and colorful balloon art installation by artist Jihan Zencirli (Geronimo) when I went to a performance of New York City Ballet New Combinations at Lincoln Center a few days ago. Very exciting! 

The installation is on display through March 4th... 

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Delightful Artist - Valerie June

Last week, I caught Valerie June's concert at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture -- part of the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series. This is my third time seeing Valerie June in concert and she gets more delightful each time I see her. Her music - a combination blues, soul, bluegrass, and appalachian folk - really appeals to me. I am having fun following her career. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

After 30 Years - Goodbye Lincoln Center Cinemas

Very sad to pass by Lincoln Plaza Cinemas today and see the empty marquee.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SLP is working on 2 musicals, FCH (4, 5, & 6), 2 new plays, a tv show, 2 movies, and her band...

Earlier this summer, I visited Vermont. While chit chatting with a local, he joked that Vermonters usually have more than one job - like Jamaicans, a reference to the Hey Mon skits from the In Living Color comedy sketch tv series from the 90s. This past weekend, as I arrived at Signature center early to experience the second of Suzan-Lori Parks tragic red letter plays - In the Blood, the playwright herself was in the cafe performing with her band - sula and the noise. As I stood there, I recalled listening to a talk where the playwright itemized ALL the projects she is working on:

  • Writing two musicals - one an adaptation of The Harder They Come and the other a musical with Timbaland
  • Working on Father Comes Home - Parts 4, 5 and 6
  • Two new plays that - she would not disclose the titles but promises that they are fun
  • A television show
  • Two different movies
  • And she writes songs and plays with her band (you can see her some Saturdays at Signature Center)

Then I recalled my conversation with the Vermonter and thought Suzan-Lori Parks could very well be a Vermonter...better yet, a Jamaican...