Monday, May 27, 2013

Matinee Monday

The Plaza in front of the Vivian Beaumont Theater, Lincoln Center

When I first moved to New York I tried to do everything cultural that the city offered. I had a subscription to the ballet, went to dance programs and chamber music events. I bought opera tickets and went to museums and poetry readings. Over the years I have simplified my cultural life. I still like the ballet and poetry, but I focus much more now on museums and theater. It's not the cost that deters me from trying to see "everything," though that is part of it, but my own interest. I started off with a love of theater and that love has grown deeper every season.

I am a member of the Lincoln Center Theater, which permits me to buy tickets to Lincoln Center productions at a discount, a subscriber to the Pearl Theater Company, which presents classic plays, and Theatermania Gold.  This last group gives me access to last minute theater tickets at a greatly reduced price. This has been a great season and last week I had the privilege of seeing "Ann" at Lincoln Center.

I am often wary of one-person plays. How can one person hold my interest for the duration of a play? Holland Taylor more than held my interest. She made Ann Richards live on the Lincoln Center stage. It was lively, funny, interesting and poignant. My friend, Mary, who I shared an office with at City Hall, thought I would really enjoy the talk of politics and she was very correct. You may know Holland Taylor from "Two and a Half Men," but to me, she is Ann. It was a very enjoyable theater afternoon and I am tempted to check Theatermania Gold to see if there is a ticket available. I'd love to see it again!

We had lovely spring weather today. I spent the morning unpacking two of the bags I brought home from the office and washing my snow globe collection, which was looking a little dingy. I had lunch with a friend, treated myself to a manicure and bought furniture polish and a mini-seedless watermelon, not at the same place. I am making every effort to snack more healthily and the watermelon was a perfect snack. The streets of New York are snack temptation on every block and I don't want to get in a habit of sweet coffee drinks and cookies all day, both for the calories and the cost.

To those who sacrificed so much so that we could have calm and happy May days, my abiding gratitude.

Wishes for a Sunny Week!

20 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

The play you saw sounds fascinating. You are so fortunate to have such a variety of things to choose from.

Mevely317 said...

To be honest, I wasn't a fan of Ann Richards ... yet, this play sounds good, and provocative at the same time.

So glad to hear you enjoyed a nice weekend. And now, what an exciting new week you have in store ... yea for You!

Nellie said...

You have some marvelous opportunities in NYC, Buttercup. You will soon have more time to spend with more of what you enjoy.

Melinda said...

You have too much fun! But that is good!
Has the countdown began?

M :)

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Carol, You are so fortunate to have been able to attend so many cultural events all through the years. That's the advantage of living in NYC. I'm envious!!!!

I'm racking my brain trying to remember what TV shows I used to watch that Holland Taylor was in... It was not "Two and a Half Men" since I have never watched that... YIPES---this will drive me crazy until I remember...

I liked Ann Richards, even though I didn't like her politics... She was a MESS.. Bet the show was interesting...

Hugs,
Betsy

Chatty Crone said...

You do the BEST things! Hope you had a nice day. sandie

Dee said...

I have never watched a one person play. Sounds fascinating!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Glad you had such a great weekend and are able to take advantage of what you have there to see and do. Coffee and cookies are two of my favorite things, but I do love watermelon too. And it is very good for you. It's raining in northern Ohio today but much warmer. Hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

Theresa said...

Sounds like a wonderful time in the City:) Have a blessed week dear friend, it's a really special time for you!!!!! HUGS!

Ms Sparrow said...

What a wealth of exceptional entertainment you have access to. What a great way to live!

Sandy said...

She was fabulous in 2.5 men, wasn't she also in the silly movie with the dumb blonde who went to law school? Can't think of the name of it at the moment.
Still roadtripping through all of a-z

Tara Tyler said...

we really need to go to new york! always wanted to, now officially on the list!

ps, i awarded you!

Maggid said...

Your Life is Filled with Treasures!
love & love,
-g-

Lynda said...

It sounds like a wonderful weekend for you! Just think - - - pretty soon you don't have to wait for the weekend to visit all your favorite places!

Crystal Collier said...

Goodness, I loved all the culture the city had to offer, but how to choose? (Especially financially.) Anything you want, you can find it, and the theater... There are definitely things I miss, but the overall pace was too much for a young family, and the health implications? At least I can live vicariously through your experiences, eh?

Susie said...

So glad you enjoyed the show. I really like Holland Taylor. You are doing well. Already cleaned up the globes. xoxo,Susie

Peaches Ledwidge said...

I'd like to see the play. Something to think about when I visit New York again.

BJ PUP said...

Now is the time to begin the next phase of your life.

Denise D Hammond, CGFM-Retired said...

Just nominated you for a Liebster Award.
http://msdeniseh553.blogspot.com/2013/06/another-liebster.html

Deanna said...

Sounds like something I would certainly enjoy...I have always been a fan of Holland Taylor. Congrats on your retirement, enjoy enjoy enjoy!!