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Fun stuff, August 3-9

I saw "Titanic" twice and read "A Night to Remember" so the Titanic exhibit in Times Square was a must-see. I reserved for Monday at 6, but needed to be at 50th Street at 7:30 to pick up tickets for the next event. I had no watch and no conception of the time, and ended up spending only 15-20 minutes at the exhibit since I was scared of being late. The exhibit recreated the ship's corridors and famous staircase, and had a lot of interesting artifacts.

I was so early I had time to take a long walk around the neighborhood, stop for a bagel, and do the entire Puzzability space series I'd printed out (backsolved the Reentry portion) while sitting at the outdoor tables by Worldwide Plaza. I asked the box office person if I could get the tickets early, and they handed over great seats in the second row. This event was the musical revue "For Lovers Only" at New World Stages on its closing night. I thought this might be depressing for two single women (L came along), but that was not a problem. I thought my mother would adore the older standards of the first half, but it got more contemporary later. The voices were a tad operatic for my taste, but the singers were certainly talented. Former cast members and creator/author Nancy Friday came out at the end. Musical director/pianist Ken Lundie seemed familiar but we could not place why (credits in the program didn't ring a bell).

Celebrity encounter: Before the show, I came out of the ladies' room to find L excitedly pointing out the actor who plays Irving Berlin in "Tin Pan Alley Rag" (which we'd both seen in different previews): Michael Therriault was waiting to get in to "The Toxic Avenger" in the same complex (this was his show's night off). I would have been too shy to say anything but L walked right over and said, "Irving!" We told him we enjoyed the show, and I mentioned we knew Brian Cimmet (of the Ryan & Brian blog) who is one of the pianists. While training for the role, Michael watched videos of Brian playing the same music he supposedly plays so his hand motions would be correct.

The following night I went to Mostly Mozart, mainly for the preconcert of my favorite Mendelssohn piano trio. This had open seating, so I plunked myself in the left side of the second row for a prime view of the piano, only to find that the violinist blocked my view once they started playing and it was too late to move. My real seat was much further back in row W. The conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin was young, energetic, and dressed in brown leather. Saturday I was back at Mostly Mozart, for the annual BBQ/concert evening with M and M.

I was back at the Castillo (where I'd seen a movie the previous week) Thursday for "Nothing Really Happens: Memories of Aging Strippers," a 2003 movie based on a Castillo play. The story examines the intertwined lives of a Holocaust survivor/Nobel prize-winning author, college professor studying burlesque, Bronx-born stripper in the twilight of her career, and reporter. The actors playing all these roles - Judith Malina, Mary Round, Madelyn Chapman and David Nackman - spoke afterward.

I realized I'd seen the now-83-year-old (and still articulate and spry) Malina in the '60s when her Living Theater company performed at Temple Beth-El in Great Neck. I can't remember the play (and can't find the program, though I probably still have it), but it was very weird with much moaning, groaning and screaming. We couldn't take it and called my friend's father to pick us up. When he arrived, we asked him what was going on, and he replied, "I believe Thebes is falling."

[info]jedusor was in town for work, so [info]elainetyger and I met her and her friend for dinner at a coffee shop near Times Square that Friday. They went on to see the Harry Potter movie, while I headed for "Next to Normal." Tony-winner Alice Ripley (who from my faraway seat resembled NPLer Helene) plays troubled suburban mom Diana, whose mental illness affects her family. I knew this was a musical, but no songs were listed in the Playbill, and it turned out to be a rock opera with many lines sung. I haven't heard the competition but didn't find this Tony-winning score very memorable, and like most rock it was often too LOUD.

Ending a busy week, I went to MoMA Sunday afternoon for "Little Children." Jackie Earle Haley's character disturbed and haunted me long afterward.

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