So I was sitting at the kitchen table on Sunday afternoon when Fred peered 'round the threshold:
"How's it goin'?"
"Well, you know what you SHOULD do...." his eyes gleamed mischievously, "You go see Maddy's show with me."
So this is what we had to do: wander over to Luke's Lobster for a snack before the show. Then, journey over to Carl Schurz Park. I can't believe I have lived in NYC for 17 years and never been to this beautiful park!
The company is called Tale Told and their gist is seven day Shakespeare. They rehearse in the park for seven days from 9am - 3pm and put the show up - memorized, with some costumes and props - on the seventh day.
I have to say, I love a luxurious rehearsal process, but this show was fast, funny and clear -- just as much (if not more, especially in regards to the clown roles) as shows I've been in that had a rehearsal process of 4 or 5 weeks. I liked the way the script was cut, the costuming was particularly good and they also incorporated some live music - guitar and singing.
After the show, the director invited us out for drinks with the company, so WHY NOT. It's always good to go out for drinks with the company. The bartender at Danny & Eddie's is a salty ol' man:
"What's the cheapest meat you can buy?"
"Deer balls; they're under a buck."
I'm still drowning in books and print-out articles, but my shoulders are pink and my belly is full and I'm sated (for now!) with good story-telling.
Left to right, below: whoopee (!!), Launce and his invisible dog, Good advice at the bar....